MISSISSIPPI CRIME LABORATORY

DATE ANALYSIS PERFORMED: 7/16/2019

David Vogel, BS
Jackson Laboratory
Jackson, MS 39205
601-987-XXXX (FAX 601-987-XXXX)

Analysis: Firearm & Toolmark Examination

Case #: 003369-14G-2019

Case Description: Monica Drum homicide

Investigative Agency: Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department

Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy, Det. E. Parker

 Collected from the crime scene

Evidence Item Description

003369-B01

One (1) fired copper-jacketed bullet, recovered under window, rear wall

003369-B02

One (1) fired copper-jacketed bullet, recovered under desk chair

003369-B03

One (1) fired copper-jacketed bullet, recovered at autopsy: Monica Drum

Findings

Examination of the above items shows these three expended bullets to be consistent with those used in a .38 Special caliber ammunition revolver, either .38 Special or 357 Magnum. All three projectiles are consistent with being fired from the same weapon.

The weapon is most likely to match one of the following manufacturers: Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Llama, Taurus

 Collected from Melvin Roberts

Evidence Item Description

003369-B04

One (1) Smith & Wesson .45 caliber pistol registered to Melvin Roberts and recovered from Don Margolis, attorney for Roberts

Findings

Test fires of firearm 003369-B04 resulted in exhibits 003369-B04-01 through 003369-B04-10. These fired copper-jacketed bullet exhibits were compared with Items 003369-B01, 003369-B02, and 003369-B03.

No individual identifying characteristics were found in pattern matching. Calibers were inconsistent.

Conclusion: The firearm 003369-B04 was not the weapon that fired evidence items: 003369-B01 through 003369-B03.

 

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you would have realised till now thaat due to something the killer was in a hurry or was a bit of scared when he shot her. the bullet was at the window as he was scared and when he was loading his gun the bullet might have fallen and then when...

you would have realised till now thaat due to something the killer was in a hurry or was a bit of scared when he shot her. the bullet was at the window as he was scared and when he was loading his gun the bullet might have fallen and then when shooting he missed one shot, there can be two reasons.
first reason-he had a number of spects and was not wearing it.
second reason-he wass scared
it proves that he was scared and it was his first attempt to the murder.
but the criminal can also be smart enough to confuse us.
so you can also check the handprints on the bullet.

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I totally agree with you that the killer was scared and made mistakes that led to his arrest and singled him out as the prime suspect

 
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