A man viciously beaten during a Feb. 6 Super Bowl party died Friday, and the suspect charged in the incident is now charged with murder, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
Marvin Carlton King, 49, Pike Road, suffered broken bones, brain injuries and a collapsed lung after Landon Lee Sowell, 19, Dyches Road, attacked him because he "made unwanted advances" towards Sowell' s girlfriend, Anderson said.
Sowell was arrested Feb. 7 and charged with aggravated battery, but the charges were upgraded to murder after King died, he said.
According to Anderson, Sowell beat and kicked King until others at the party, which was at Sowell's home, restrained him. "No one called the sheriff's office or EMS for assistance during or after the assault."
King was found after someone called Screven County Sheriff's deputies to report a truck "sitting on the Ogeechee River bridge at Ga. 24 on the Bulloch-Screven line," he said. A Screven deputy responded and found King sitting in his Ford Ranger, covered in blood with "severe facial trauma."
Screven County Ems responded and transported King to East Georgia Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Upon finding the incident took place in Bulloch County, Bulloch County Sheriff's investigators and deputies obtained a brief statement from King about where he had been attacked. Then they went to the bridge and processed the scene where the truck was left.
Investigators gathered evidence such as blood swabs from inside the truck, as well as clothing from Sowell's home, including "boots with blood" from "Sowell's bedroom."
They also collected the victim's clothing from the emergency room, according to sheriff's incident reports.
King was airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center's trauma unit for treatment of his injuries. He remained in the hospital until his death Friday.
An autopsy performed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Coastal crime Lab in Savannah determined the cause of death as homicide, he said.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Bulloch County Sheriff's Inv. Jared Akins at 764-8888.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.