Battling pathologists. Standing up or kneeling? Arms moving or not? Forensic doubt = self defense?

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The Facebook Slaying in Florida. 

One pathologist performed the autopsy.

Another pathologist looked at the photographs and documents much later.

Knife versus gun.

They don’t agree on reconstructing the victim’s posture at time of receiving 8 rounds of .380 ammo.

No mention of any certainty in either opinions.  Best guess maybe shrouded as “possible”?

The jury has to decide. Was it self-defense or an execution by spouse?

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/miami-dade/sfl-ap-facebook-slaying-defense-case-20151120-story.html

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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2 Responses to Battling pathologists. Standing up or kneeling? Arms moving or not? Forensic doubt = self defense?

  1. GB says:

    In this case, I believe the defendant left his wife in the kitchen, went and got a gun, returned, and shot his wife eight times.

    If this is correct, I find it hard to see this as self-defense, regardless of her posture, or whatever else she was doing when she was shot.

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