Natchez police investigating apparent beating death

Police are investigating the apparent

beating death of man who was found slain in his home in what the

coroner called "one of the bloodiest messes I've ever seen."

Pete Jackson, 52, was found Saturday on his bedroom floor. He

apparently died of blunt force trauma to the back of his head,

officials said.

No arrests have been made.

Police said Jackson's body was discovered by his live-in female


"There was a large amount of blood all over the house,"

Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins said.

Mullins said he did not know what instrument was used to cause

the injury to Jacksons head. And, Mullins said, he did not know

how long Jackson had been dead before he was found.

"This early in the game; we don't want to guess about that,"

he said.

Adams County Coroner James Lee said Jackson also had a puncture

wound to his left wrist.

"I cannot identify how it was made," Lee said. "But with so

many pieces of broken furniture and glass in the house it could

have been caused by anything."

Lee said blood was in three rooms in the house.

"It was one of the bloodiest messes I've ever seen," he said

in a article.

The house is rented by Mary McQuarters, and Jackson lived there,

Mullins said.

There was a report of a fight at that residence a year ago, and

neighbors said they heard the couple fighting at approximately 11

p.m. Friday, Mullins said.

McQuarters was questioned Saturday night, Mullins said.

"At this point, were still investigating," Mullins said. "We

cant draw conclusions."

Jackson cared deeply about his family, daughter Shumeka Chatman


"He loved his family," she said. "He worked and did what he

had to do for his family."