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Suspect in Wayne Hart murder dies at The MED

One of two suspects in custody in the murder of Wayne Hart, whose remains were found in a shallow grave Wednesday over a year after he disappeared, died Monday

Herman Porter died at The MED, 24 hours after he was taken there after officials noticed a change in his behavior, Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular said.

Porter, along with his sister Sheila, were taken into custody shortly after the remains of Wayne Hart were found in the backyard of a Memphis residence on Wednesday.

In court Monday, documents revealed that Sheila Porter reported abuse from Wayne Hart before, and her brother Herman witnessed one of their fights.

The documents shed new light on what may have provoked Herman Porter to shoot his sister's boyfriend and then bury him in her backyard.  Records that show Sheila Porter and her Wayne Hart had a rocky relationship, including violence.

Sheila Porter filed for a protection order against Hart in 2006, but that order was dismissed just months before Hart's family says he disappeared.

Three years before that, Hart was charged with assaulting Sheila Porter.  A court document says Porter and Hart "got into a verbal argument" and Hart "got very irate and hit the victim in the mouth with a closed fist."
    
"The victim's lower middle tooth was loose," the document also reads.

Then, Herman Porter came into the picture.  The document says Hart "stated to the victim and her brother Herman Porter, 'I'm going to kill both of y'all.'"  A judge later dismissed that assault charge.

Hart's record shows he was charged with assault three times, and found guilty once.  He was also charged with unlawful weapon possession three times, and found guilty twice.

Prosecutors won't say if what happened in to Hart two years ago was out of self defense.

Neither Porter was charged with murder - Herman Porter was charged with Voluntary Manslaughter, while Sheila Porter remains charged with Accessory After the Fact.

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