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Ole Miss sprinter died from one shot to head, coroner says

OXFORD, Miss. -- Mississippi sprinter Rodney Lydale Lockhart
died from one gun shot to the front of his head, Lafayette County
Coroner Lonnie Weaver said Sunday.

Lockhart, a junior psychology major and member of the gold
medal-winning U.S. 1,600-meter relay team in the 2006 World Junior
Championships in Beijing, was found shot to death Saturday at his
apartment near the Ole Miss campus.

Weaver told The Associated Press that an autopsy was performed
Sunday.

"He died of a gunshot wound to the head,'' Weaver said, adding
that there were no other visible injuries on Lockart's body.

A man who answered the telephone Sunday at the Oxford Police
Department, declined to give his name, but said there was no new
information available on the shooting.

An athletic department spokesman referred all questions to a
university spokeswoman, who did not immediately return calls or an
e-mail seeking more information.

Funeral arrangements for the Vaiden native have not been
completed, an employee at Sanders & Sanders Funeral Home in Winona
said.

Police were called to Lockhart's apartment about 10 a.m.
Saturday after a 911 call from a man who said he found the runner
lying on the floor. The 20-year-old Lockhart was pronounced dead at
the scene, according to a news release by Oxford Police Chief Mike
Martin.

Lockhart's death is being investigated as a homicide by the
Oxford Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of
Investigations, Martin said.

At the 2006 SEC Outdoor Championships, Lockhart finished ninth
in the 400 meters and was a member of the 1,600-meter relay team
that finished eighth.

At the 2006 SEC Indoor Championships, he
finished eighth in the 400 meters and was part of a 1,600-meter
relay team that finished fifth.