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Office of the Yoknapatawpha County Coroner

DATE and HOUR AUTOPSY PERFORMED:
11/5/2013, 8:30 a.m. by

Manish Agarwal, M.D.
555 Jackson Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655
662-234-XXXX (FAX 662-234-XXXX)

 

Assistant:

Victoria Witte, M.D.

 

Full Autopsy Performed

SUMMARY PRELIMINARY REPORT OF AUTOPSY

Name:
 LEDBETTER, Jasmine Lynn

Coroner's Case #:
 2013-129

Date of Birth:
 06/23/1994

Age:
 19

Race:
 White

Sex:
 Female

Date of Death:
 11/3/2013

Body Identified by:
 Brenda Ledbetter, mother

Case #
003511-04K-2013

Investigative Agency:
 Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department

EVIDENCE OF TREATMENT

 N/A

EXTERNAL EXAMINATION

The autopsy is begun at 8:30 a.m. on November 5, 2013. The body is presented in a black body bag. At the time of examination, the body is wrapped in a clear, plastic tarp. 

Upon removal of the tarp, the body is clothed in a white cotton button-down shirt, blue corduroy skirt, and black boots. On the lower half of the shirt is a large bloodstain and the material has multiple tears.  The skirt reveals another smaller bloodstain, which appears to be the result of pooling blood and gravitational runoff. The skirt material has no tears.

The body is that of a normally developed, well nourished Caucasian female measuring 65 inches in length, weighing 115 pounds, and appearing generally consistent with the stated age of 19 years.

The body is cold and unembalmed with slowly declining rigor. Pronounced unblanching lividity is present on the lateral posterior of the body in the regions of the heels, legs, back, arms and is pinkish in color. Purplish lividity is also present on the posterior of the neck.

The scalp is covered by short, blonde hair, averaging 15-20 cm inches in length and has pink highlighting, consistent with spray-on hair color or hair dye. The body hair is female and average.

The skull is symmetric. The eyes are open and the irises appear to be brown. Upon further examination, it is found that the victim was wearing colored-contacts at the time of death. The natural eye color of the victim is blue and this corresponds with information obtained from the victim's driver's license. Pupils are asymmetrically dilated and slightly cloudy.

The teeth are natural and well maintained. The anterior chest is of normal contour and is intact. The breasts are female and contain no palpable masses.

The abdomen is flat with visible wounds (see below) and the pelvis is intact. The external genitalia are female and unremarkable, and there is no evidence of injury.

The back is symmetrical and intact. The upper and lower extremities are symmetric, normally developed, and intact. The palms of the hands contain several incised wounds consistent with defensive wounds. The hands and nails have traces of blood.

There is a tattoo of a blue butterfly on the right scapula. There are no additional residual scars, markings or tattoos.

INTERNAL EXAMINATION

HEAD--CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM: The brain weighs 1,317 grams and is within normal limits. The calvarium and base of the skull are normally configured and have no fractures. The dura is intact, and there is no epidural or subdural hemorrhage.

SKELETAL SYSTEM:  The skeletal system is unremarkable and is within normal limits.

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: The oral cavity shows no lesions. The mucosa is intact and there are no injuries to the lips, teeth or gums. There is no obstruction of the airway. The mucosa of the epiglottis, glottis, piriform sinuses, trachea and major bronchi are anatomic. No injuries are seen and there are no mucosal lesions. The hyoid bone, the thyroid, and the cricoid cartilages are intact. The lungs weigh: right, 358 grams; left 357 grams. The lungs are unremarkable.

CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM: The heart weighs 214 grams, and has a normal size and configuration. No evidence of atherosclerosis or gross ischemic changes of recent or remote origin are present.

GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM: The mucosa and wall of the esophagus are intact and gray-pink, without lesions or injuries. The gastric mucosa is intact and pink with no injury. No stomach contents are found. The mucosa of the duodenum, jejunum, ileum, colon and rectum are intact with no injury. The small intestine is ruptured and has multiple lacerations.

URINARY SYSTEM: The kidneys weigh: left, 109 grams; right, 107 grams. The kidneys are anatomic in size, shape and location and are without lesions. The pelvic calyceal system and ureters are unremarkable. The urinary bladder contains 8 ml of clear yellow urine.

FEMALE GENITAL SYSTEM: The structures are within normal limits. Examination of the pelvic area indicates the victim had not given birth and was not pregnant at the time of death. Vaginal fluid samples are removed for analysis.

TOXICOLOGY: Samples of central and peripheral blood, vitreous humor, gastric contents, urine, liver and bile are submitted for toxicologic analysis.

SEROLOGY: A sample of right pleural blood is submitted in the EDTA tube. Routine toxicologic studies were ordered.

DESCRIPTION OF INJURIES - SUMMARY

Diagram of injuries to Jasmine Ledbetter

(1) A stab wound on the medial abdomen in the umbilical region, approximately 8cm superior to the navel. The wound is slit-like and measures 28mm in length. Depth of the wound is approximately 52mm.

Opinion: This is a fatal injury.

(2) A stab wound on the abdomen in the umbilical region, approximately 5cm superior and 2.5cm lateral to the navel. The wound is slit-like and measures 33mm in length. Depth of the wound is approximately 64mm.

Opinion: This is a fatal injury.

(3) A stab wound on the abdomen in the umbilical region, approximately 5cm lateral to the navel. The wound is slit-like and measures 34 mm in length. Depth of the wound is approximately 68mm.

Opinion: This is a fatal injury.

(4) A stab wound on the abdomen in the umbilical region, approximately 10cm superior and 2.5cm lateral to the navel. The wound is slit-like and measures 38mm in length. Depth of the wound is approximately 81mm.

Opinion: This is a fatal injury.

(5) A stab wound on the abdomen in the umbilical region, approximately 8cm superior and 5cm lateral to the navel. The wound is slit-like and measures 32mm in length. Depth of the wound is approximately 87mm.

Opinion: This is a fatal injury.

(6) A stab wound on the abdomen in the umbilical region, approximately 6cm lateral to the navel. The wound is slit-like and measures 36mm in length. Depth of the wound is approximately 91mm.

Opinion: This is a fatal injury.

(7) A stab wound on the abdomen in the umbilical region, approximately 5.75cm superior and 4.5cm lateral to the navel. The wound is slit-like and measures 38mm in length. Depth of the wound is approximately 82mm.

Opinion: This is a fatal injury.

(8) A cutting or incised wound on the palmar surface of the right hand at the base of the index finger. The wound is 2cm in length. Depth of the wound is approximately 1.25cm. 

OPINION: This is a non-fatal perimortem injury compatible with a defense wound.

(9) A cutting or incised wound on the palmar surface of the right hand just proximal to the web of the thumb. The wound is 1.25cm in length. Depth of the wound is approximately .5cm.

OPINION: This is a non-fatal perimortem injury compatible with a defense wound.

(10) A cutting or incised wound on the palmar surface of the left hand at the web of the thumb. The wound is 2cm in length. Depth of the wound is approximately .5cm.

OPINION: This is a non-fatal perimortem injury compatible with a defense wound.


Overall, most of the wounds suggest a single-edged blade, although a double-edged blade cannot be excluded.

LABORATORY DATA

Cerebrospinal fluid culture and sensitivity:

Gram stain: Unremarkable
Culture: No growth after 72 hours

Cerebrospinal fluid bacterial antigens:

Hemophilus influenza B: Negative
Streptococcus pneumoniae: Negative
N. Meningitidis: Negative
Neiserria meningitidis B/E. Coli K1: Negative

Drug Screen Results:

BLOOD   ETHANOL   NEG
BLOOD   CANNABINOIDS-ETS   POS
BLOOD   COCAINE-ETS   NEG
BLOOD   OPIATES-ETS   NEG
BLOOD   AMPHETAMINE-ETS   NEG
BLOOD   BARBITURATE -ETS   NEG
BLOOD   BENZODIAZEPINE-ETS   NEG
BLOOD   METHADONE-ETS   NEG
BLOOD   PCP-ETS   NEG
BLOOD   CARBON MONOXIDE   NEG


Millicent Schmid, Ph.D.
Chief Toxicologist
November 12, 2013

EVIDENCE COLLECTED

1. One (1) cotton button-down shirt, white

2. One (1) corduroy skirt, blue

3. One (1) pair women's boots, black

4. One (1) pair socks, black

5. One (1) white brassiere, white

6. One (1) pair women's underwear, white

7. Samples of vaginal fluid

8. Samples of Blood (type A+), Bile, and Tissue (heart, lung, brain, kidney, liver, spleen)

9. Thirteen (13) autopsy photographs.

10. Two (2) postmortem x-rays.

11. One (1) postmortem CT scan.

OPINION

Time of Death: Body temperature and rigor and livor mortis approximate the time of death between 6:00 p.m. on November 3, 2013 and 12:00 a.m. on November 4, 2013.

Immediate Cause of Death: Exsanguination due to multiple stab wounds (abdomen)

Manner of Death: Homicide

 

//Manish Agarwal, M.D.
Yoknapatawpha County Coroner's Office
November 12, 2013

 

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