Gateway murder trial

Hamilton cont’d **Strong content**

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The defense is now questioning Rebecca Hamilton, Medical Examiner.

Defense Exhibit 12 – photo of Steven on his stomach at autopsy.

Exhibit 13 – photo of the gunshot wound on Steven’s head.

Exhibit 14 – photo of Steven on autopsy table, on his stomach

Hamilton says they never determine time of death. Garber asked if Steven could’ve died at 3 a.m. and she said yes.

Lividity was not fixed at the scene.

Garber is asking about who attended the autopsy from the LCSO…He’s asking about the spot on Steven’s back, which was discolored. She  determined there were no injuries to Steven’s upper back.

She’s now looking at the log from when the Steven and Michelle were brought to the morgue. They were brought in at 2:30 p.m.

Now Garber is asking about Michelle’s injuries and whether they were consistent with consensual sex. She says there’s no real test to determine whether sex was consensual or not.

Now Garber is asking about the distance between the suspect and Steven’s gunshot wound. She says it was not a contact or near contact wound. garber asks if it’s possible he was shot from three inches away. She says it’s possible, but doesn’t believe the stippling is consistent with it. She says it depends on the weapon.

Garber is asking whether or not Michelle was unconcious after the first blow, but she says there is no way for her to know.

He wants to know if she measured the amount of blood in Steven’s lung. She says it’s impossible to measure that because of the makeup of the lungs.

He asks if an unconcious person feels pain. She says no.

He asks if it was possible Michelle had consensual sex. She says yes.

He asks again if it’s possible the victims died at 3 a.m. and she says yes.

Now the prosecution is redirecting.

He’s asking her about whether or not Steven had anything in his hand when he died. She says there is not any evidence of that based on the lividity.

McGruther is asking Hamilton about the gunshot wound to Steven. She’s explaining the difference between a close gunshot wound and a gunshot wound from a distance.

Hamilton testifies her medical opinion that the injuries to Michelle’s face happened before she was asphyxiated.

Defense redirecting

Garber asks about the jewelry and evidence obtained at MEs office. (it was given to LCSO)

Hamilton is excused from witness stand.

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Written by Melissa Hudson

October 6, 2008 at 11:33 am

Posted in Day 4

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