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Autopsy: Man found dead after San Angelo apartment fire beaten to death

(Photo courtesy of San Angelo LIVE!)

A New Mexico man found dead after a San Angelo apartment fire last month was beaten to death.

According to the autopsy report, Miguel Mendez, 59, of Roswell, New Mexico, was hit in the head 18 times with a "blunt force object" before the fire started.

The brutal beating resulted in skull fractures, a brain hemorrhage and lacerations.

The July 2 fire at the Arden Ridge Apartments in San Angelo was ruled to be an arson.

Firefighters found Mendez's body after putting out the flames at the apartment.

Authorities said that Mendez was doing construction work in the San Angelo area and that he shared the apartment with other construction workers.

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