Scuffle breaks out during protest over Jasper’s man’s mysterious death

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on April 9, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 11:59 AM

HOUSTON -- A protest over the mysterious death of a Jasper man led to a scuffle between DPS troopers and members of the New Black Panthers Tuesday.

The protestors were demanding answers in the death of Alfred Wright.

Wright, 28, was found dead in Sabine County last fall. An official autopsy pointed to a lethal dose of drugs in his body, but his family believes he was murdered.

Wright was a father of three and worked as a physical therapist. His family said he had no history of drug use. He disappeared on his way to work near Hemphill, Texas in November.

After just four days, the Sabine County Sheriff's Office called of its search. Two weeks later, family members reportedly found Wright's body about 150 feet away from the sheriff's command post.

While Sabine authorities said they believe he died of an overdose of methamphetamine and cocaine, a private autopsy uncovered that Wright's throat had been slit, his eyes were gouged out and his tongue had been cut.

The United States Department of Justice is reviewing the matter, but family members and supporters want the federal government to investigate how state and local authorities have handled the case.

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