Coroner's Report


Office of the Yoknapatawpha County Coroner

3/10/2019, 8:30 a.m. by

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



Victoria Witte, M.D.


Full Autopsy Performed



Coroner's Case #:

Date of Birth:




Date of Death:

Body Identified by:
 Lee Merryweather, employee

Case #

Investigative Agency:
 Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department




The autopsy is begun at 8:30 a.m. on March 10, 2019. The body is presented in a black body bag. The victim is wearing a white terrycloth robe with blue pinstripes, blue pajama top, blue pajama bottoms, white boxer shorts, brown men's slippers, and a wristwatch.

The body is that of a normally developed white male measuring 69 inches and weighing 183 pounds, and appearing generally consistent with the stated age of 47 years. The body is cold following refrigeration and preservation is good on the unembalmed body.

The head hair is brown with a maximal length of 6 inches. The body hair is male and average. The irides are brown, and the eyes are open. The corneas are cloudy, and the pupils measure 0.4 cm. The nose and ears are unremarkable. The teeth are natural with some amalgam restorations.

The chest is of normal contour, and the back is symmetrical. The external genitalia is that of an adult male and there is no evidence of injury.

The upper and lower extremities are symmetric, normally developed and intact. The hands and nails are clean and evidence no injury.

There are no residual scars, markings or tattoos.


HEAD--CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM: The brain weighs 1,425 grams and is within normal limits. A contusion is observed on the neck (Injury 2)

MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM: The musculoskeletal system is intact, unremarkable and 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. Cervical spine is in the midline and essentially unremarkable. 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 are unremarkable and weigh: right, 353 grams; left 362 grams.

CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM: The heart weighs 300 grams, and has a normal size and configuration. Cardiac valves and coronary ostia are anatomic and unremarkable. No evidence of atherosclerosis or gross ischemic changes of recent or remote origin are present. A foreign object penetrating the anterior left ventricle is observed. (Injury 1).

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 without injury. Approximately 145 ml of partially digested semisolid food is found in the stomach. The mucosa of the duodenum, jejunum, ileum, colon and rectum are intact. Externally the small intestine, appendix and colon are unremarkable.

HEPATOBILIARY SYSTEM: The liver weighs 1,385 grams. The gallbladder contains 3 cc of dark green bile, no stones and is grossly normal. The extrahepatic biliary system is unremarkable. The pancreas shows the usual lobular architecture, mild autolysis, and is otherwise normal.

URINARY SYSTEM: The kidneys weigh: left, 145 grams; right, 150 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 no measurable urine.

MALE GENITAL SYSTEM: The testicles, the penis, the prostate gland are anatomic to dissection.

TOXICOLOGY: Samples of right pleural blood and bile are submitted for toxicologic analysis. Stomach contents are saved.

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


(1) A stab wound to the left chest penetrating the left anterior ventricle of the heart. A metal serrated blade measuring 190cm long and 20cm wide at its widest point is recovered.

Opinion: This is a fatal injury.

(2) A contusion measuring 2 inches long by 1 inch wide on the left side of the neck.

Opinion: This is a non-fatal perimortem injury.


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:

Urine screen {Immunoassay} was NEGATIVE.
Ethanol: 0 gm/dl, Blood (Heart)
Ethanol: 0 gm/dl, Vitreous

Millicent Schmid, Ph.D.
Chief Toxicologist
March 13, 2019


Blade recovered from chest cavity

1. One (1) terrycloth robe with blue pinstripes, size men's large

2. One (1) pair blue pajama bottoms, size men's large.

3. One (1) blue pajama top, size men's large

4. One (1) pair white boxer-style underwear, size large

5. One (1) pair brown men's slippers, size 11

6. One (1) wristwatch

7. One (1) handle-less serrated knife blade, measuring 19cm long and 2cm wide at its widest point

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

9. Eleven (11) autopsy photographs.

10. One postmortem CT scan.

11. One postmortem MRI.


Time of Death: Body temperature, rigor and livor mortis, stomach contents and other factors approximate the time of death between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on March 9, 2019.

Immediate Cause of Death: Puncture wound to left ventricle causing massive bleeding.

Manner of Death: Homicide


//Manish Agarwal, M.D.
Yoknapatawpha County Coroner's Office
March 13, 2019



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