This Jan. 20, 2007 photo shows Marco McMillian, 34, a candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., who was found dead on the Mississippi River levee Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/The Clarksdale Press Register, Troy Catchings)
In this Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 photo released by the Coahoma County (Miss.) Sheriff's Office, Lawrence Reed, 22, poses or a portrait. Reed, has been charged in the death of a mayoral candidate in the Mississippi Delta. The Coahoma County Sheriff's Department says Reed of Shelby, Miss., was charged with murder in the death of Marco McMillian. (AP Photo/Coahoma County (Miss.) Sheriff's Office)
JACKSON — Tennessee authorities say the suspect in the slaying of a Mississippi mayoral candidate has been released to Mississippi authorities.
Shelby County sheriff's spokesman Chip Washington tells The Associated Press that Mississippi authorities took custody of Lawrence Reed on Wednesday afternoon.
Reed is suspected in the death of Clarksdale, Miss., mayoral candidate Marco McMillian.
Reed had been in the Shelby County jail since being released from a Memphis hospital. He was taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis after wrecking McMillian's car on Feb. 26.
McMillian wasn't in the car. His body was found the next day in rural Coahoma County, Miss.
The case has received widespread attention because McMillian's campaign says he may have been the first viable, openly gay candidate for office in Mississippi.