Autopsy reveals how Lufkin man was murdered

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Jerod Jernigan's body was discovered alongside a Lufkin neighborhood street six weeks ago.   Police said he was murdered.

But, after his April murder, police were not immediately sure what caused his death. When they did find out, they would not release the information for fear of jeopardizing the investigation. Wednesday, KTRE obtained  the official autopsy report that revealed how Jernigan was killed.

A gunshot wound to the head is what left 21-year-old Jerod Jernigan dead in the street.

"He sat up and he grabbed my arm, it's like he was trying to say something," Wanda Michelle Clark said.

The East Texas News talked to Clark back in April before she knew what killed the man she and her friend tried to help.

"He was trying to give him CPR," Clark said.

The blood stains may be gone, but the markings of a murder are still there.

The autopsy results said, "There was an entrance gunshot wound just below the right eyebrow..."

Jernigan was found in the 900th block of Cain Street back in April at 2:50 a.m.

The Lufkin Police Department declined to comment.   However, the death was ruled a homicide. The autopsy shows he was shot in the head.  Lufkin police said it is an ongoing investigation.  The forensic evidence they sent to a lab has also come back, but police said the results did not give them everything they needed for an arrest at this time.

"You can through a rock and hide your hand, but God knows who you are," Jernigan's cousin said two months ago.

Maybe the autopsy report will help police get closer to finding Jernigan's killer.

Police said if you have any information concerning the murder of 21-year-old Jerod Jernigan and you have not talked to a detective call Crimestoppers at 639-T-I-P-S, or submit your leads through their confidential website,   In any case, you don't have to give your name.