The body is that of a
well developed, well nourished forty-one year old Caucasian male
measuring about 1.53 m in length and weighing about 89.08 kg. Rigor
mortis is present and equal in all joints. Fixed lividity is evident on
the anterior and right sides of the body. The chest is symmetrical and
the abdomen is flat. There is a tattoo of a nude woman on the lower
back. The external genitalia are unremarkable. The upper and lower
extremities show no deformities. The hands and nails are clean and
evidence no injury. The body was unclothed upon arrival.
The hair is dark
brown. The irises are brown. The left eyeball has been displaced . The
nose and ears are severely injured. The teeth are natural and several
were dislodged, apparently by blows of extreme force.
Evidence of Injury:
- Multiple occurrences
of blunt force trauma to the head resulting in extensive craniocerebral
injuries. The initial blow was administered to the left side of the
head at the temple, apparently when the victim turned to face his
attacker. Ensuing blows were delivered in quick succession to the front
and sides of the head. It cannot be determined which was the fatal
blow, though several of the estimated seven strikes were potentially
- There are oblique and
transverse fractures with varying displacements of the distal, middle
and proximal phalanges on the left hand. The right ulna has a night
stick fracture with 60% displacement. The injuries can be categorized
as defense wounds.
- The nose is broken and
the left cheekbone is fractured. Several teeth are dislodged. The left
eyeball is displaced. There are multiple lacerations inside the mouth.
These injuries can be attributed to multiple severe blows to the skull
with a blunt object.
- The blunt object used
to deliver the blows is approximately 6 cm in diameter with rounded
edges and a smooth face.
Blood Ethanol: .03
Urine Drugs: None
In my opinion, the
death of this forty-one year old white male is attributed to multiple
blows to the head with a blunt object, resulting in bleeding into the
brain, severe brain injury and significant blood loss. The manner of
death was homicide.
//Manish Agarwal, M.D.
Yoknapatawpha County Coroner's Office