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Kunasak is now showing Harding and the jury autopsy photos of Steven (exhibit 31) and Michelle (exhibit 32).

Cross examination by defense is beginning.

Harding says he was notified at 8:30 a.m. and arrived at the scene around 11:30 a.m.

Garber asked him about lividity. Harding says if skin blanches (turns white when touched), lividity is not fixed. Steven’s body did not blanch, lividity was fixed. (this would tell how long the person had been dead).

“Cold to the touch, rigor and fixed lividity” is what he noted about Steven Andrews.

As for Michelle, her lividity was nearly fixed, there was slight blanching. (This is to establish Michelle died after Steven).

The defense is asking about whether there was any pooling on Steven’s back.

Defense has completed their questioning.


Written by Melissa Hudson

October 3, 2008 at 1:40 pm

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Back from recess – ME investigator called

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Brett Harding has been called to the stand. He’s a forensic investigator with the Medical Examiner’s office. Conducts scene examinations, assists autopsies, etc.

He’s explaining what he does and what role he has in a crime scene.

At the Andrews home, he began by photographing the scene, beginning with the stairway and photographed everything all the way up to the master bedroom.

He took pictures of Michelle Andrews first.

He is being shown the  pictures of the bodies of Michelle and Steven Andrews.

Kunasak asked Harding about his observations of Michelle’s body…She had facial, head trauma. Cuts and bruises on her face, scratches, bruising on the hands. She was wearing a silk nightgown. It had what appeared to be a bloody print – a bloody hand print – on it.

He couldn’t tell if it was gloved or not.

As for Steven – there was a bullet wound above his right ear and on his left cheek. He was lying on his stomach with his hands crossed underneath him (on his chest).

Now he’s describing how they transport the body, which is in a white sheet, hands bagged, then put in a body bag. The bag is then sealed with evidence tape.

Hands are bagged in all suspicious deaths, homicides or if a gun is used – used to perserve evidence.

Transcon transports the bodies (contracted with the county).

Written by Melissa Hudson

October 3, 2008 at 1:22 pm

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