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James Harper autopsy

James Harper autopsy

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OfficeoftheMedicalExaminerAutopsyReportSOUTHWESTERN
INSTITUTEOFFORENSICSCIENCES
ATDALLASDecedent:Harper,JamesGermonDateofDeath:07/2412012(Actual)TimeofDeath:05:00PM(Estimated)31yearsBlackMaleDOB:03/06/1981
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DALlASCOUNTY
JNSmUTE
OFFOR£NSIC
SCJE1dS
Case:IFS-12-12113-MEExaminationPerformed:
07/25J20l2
07:30AMORGANWEIGHTS:Brain:1,360
g
RightLung490
g
RightKidney:140
g
Heart:420gLeftLung:300
g
LeftKidney:BOgLiver:1,350
g
Spleen:100gEXTERNALEXAMINATIONThebodyisphotographed,fingerprinted,palrnprinted,x-rayedandtagged,Whenfirstviewed,thehandsarebagged.Thebodyisreceivedwearingawhitetanktop,blueshorts,blueboxershorts,whitesocks,andathleticshoes.Thetanktophasbulletdefects.Therearenopersonaleffectsorjewelry.Dirtanddrygrassarcadherenttothebody.Thebodyisthatofawell-developed,well-nourishedblackmanwhoseappearanceiscompatiblewiththestatedageof31years.Thebodyweighs273poundsandis72incheslong.Thebodyiscool,rigorisfully-developedandtheposteriorlividityisfixed.Thebodyisexternallywell-preservedandisnotembalmed.Numerousantsarepresentonthebody.Thereis
cutaneous
postmorteminsectactivity,withnumerous,coalescing,punctateparchment-likeabrasionsontherightsideoftilechest.thecenterofthechest,theleftandrightsidesoftheabdomen,theleftandrightflanks,thelaterallefthip,theleftsideoftheback,theposteriorrightwrist,themedialleftthigh,andtheposteriorrightthigh.Thescalphairisdarkbrownandcurly.
It
measures2inchesinlengthatthetopofthescalpandisshavedonthesides.Thereisfacialstubble.Theiridesarebrownandtherearenopetechiaeofthebulbarorpalpebralsurfacesoftheconjunctivae.Thenoseandlipsareunremarkable.Theteetharenaturalandingoodcondition.Theneckisunremarkable.Thechestandbreastsarcsymmetrical.Theabdomenisprotuberantwithnumerousstriae.Theexternalgenitalia,
anus
andperineumareunremarkable.Thepenisiscircumcisedandthetesticlesaredescendedintothescrotum.Theextremitiesarewell-developedandsymmetrical.Thebackand
buttocks
areotherwiseunremarkable.EVIDENCEOFTHERAPYNone.
AccreditedbyTheNationalAssociationofMedicalExaminers
 
IFS-12-121l3
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Harper.JamesGermonIDENTlF\'INGMARKSANDSCARSTattoosareontheleftandrightarms,theleftandrightforearms,andtheleftandrighthands.Thereispatchyhyperpigrnentationoftherightsideofthechest.Theumbilicushasasemicircularscar.Theposteriorrightthighhasanovoidscar.Thelaterallenthighhasacircularscar,Irregularscarsarescatteredovertheanteriorlettleg.EVIDENCEOFINJURYGUNSHOTWOUNDS;Thegunshotwoundsarenumberedarbitrarilywithoutregardstosequenceorseverityof
injury,
Gunshotwoundofleftsideofchest(Gunshotwound#1):Thereisagunshotwoundofentrance
ofthe
leftsideofthechest,located14-3/4inchesbelowthetopoftheheadand3-1/2inchestotheleftoftheanteriormidlineofthechest.Theentrancewoundiscircular,measures
3/8
inchindiameter,andissurroundedbya1116inchmarginalabrasion.Gunpowderstipplingpartiallyencirclesthewoundclockwisefrom12to6o'clock,withadistinctverticallineofdemarcationcorrespondingtothetanktop.Thestipplingextends2-1/2inches
from
the12o'clockmargin,4-1/2inchesfromthe1o'clockmargin,3inchesfromthe3o'clockmargin,and1-1/2incheshomtile6
0
clockmargin,Thereisnosoot.Afterperforatingtheskinandsubcutaneoustissue,thebulletcoursesthroughthemusculatureoftheleftsideofthechestbeforefracturingthecostochondralcartilageoftheleftsixthandseventhribs,perforatingtheomentumandthesmallintestine(threetimes),andpenetratingthelateralrightabdominalwall.Amedium-caliber,copper-jacketed,moderately-deformedbulletandaleadfragmentarerecoveredfromthesubcutaneoustissueofthelateralrightabdominalwall,Thebaseofthebullet
is
inscribed"12-12113"over"JU"over
"I".
Thebulletandleadfragmentarephotographed,sealedinanappropriately-labeledenvelopeandsubmittedtotheCriminalInvestigationLaboratory.Associatedwiththiswound,thewoundtrackishemorrhagic.Thedirectionsofthebulletaredownward,lefttoright,andfronttoback.Gunshotwoundoflateralleftsideofabdomen(Gunshotwound#2):Thereisagunshotwoundofentranceofthelateralleftsideoftheabdomen,located26inchesbelowthetopoftheheadand2inchesanteriortotheleftmidaxillaryline.Theentrancewoundisaslightlyirregularcircle.Itmeasures112inchinmaximumdimensionandhasaragged,circumferential1/16inchmarginalabrasionwithirregulartearsextendingupto
Ill{
inchfromthewoundedge.Thereis
110
firearmresidue.Afterperforatingtheskin,thebulletpenetratesthesubcutaneousfatandmusculatureofthelateralleftabdominalwall,whereamedium-caliber,deformedleadcoreandmultiplecopperandleadfragmentsarerecoveredfollowingincisionintothelenflank.Thebaseofthecoreisinscribed"12-12113"over"JU"over"2".Thecoreandfragmentsarephotographed,sealed
ill
anappropriately-labeledenvelopeandsubmittedtotheCriminalInvestigationLaboratory.
Accredited
by
TheNationalAssociation.ofMedical
Examiners
 
IFS-12-12113
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Harper.James
GermonThedirectionsofthebulletareslightlydownward,slightlybacktofrontandslightlylefttoright.(liventherelativelyatypicalappearanceoftheentrancewoundanditsproximitytothepartialexitwoundofgunshotwound#4,thiswoundislikelyare-entranceofgunshotwound#4.Gunshotwoundoflateralrightsideofabdomen(Gunshotwound#3):Thereisagunshotwoundofentranceofthelateralrightsideoftheabdomen,located27inchesbelowthetopoftheheadand3inchesanteriortotherightrnidaxillaryline.Theentrancewoundiscircular,measures
3/8
inchindiameter,andissurroundedbyaslightlyirregularcircumferential1/16inchmarginalabrasion,aswellasafaintcontusion.Thereisnofirearmresidue.Afterperforatingtheskinandsubcutaneoustissue.thebulletperforatestherightabdominalwall,thelargeintestine,theproximalduodenum,thefundusofthestomach,thelefthemidiaphragrn,thepericardia!sac,thelateralleftventricularfreewalloftheheart,thepericardialsac(again),andtheupperlobeoftheleftlung.Amedium-caliber,copper-jacketed,moderately-deformedbulletandadditionalleadfragmentsarcrecoveredfreewithinthelenhemithorax.Thebaseofthebulletisinscribed"12-12113"over"JU"over"3".Thebulletandfragmentsarcphotographed,sealedinanappropriately-labeledenvelopeandsubmittedtotheCriminalInvestigationLaboratory.Associatedwiththiswound,theleftpleuralcavitycontains2150
ml,
ofliquidandclottedbloodandthepericardialsaccontains20ml.ofliquidblood.Stomachcontentsandfecalmatterarefreewithintheperitonealcavity.Thedirectionsofthebulletareupwardandrighttoleftwithnosignificantfrontorbackdeviation.Gunshotwoundofleftelbow(Gunshotwound#4):Thereisngunsbotwoundofentranceoftheleftelbow,located23inchesbelowthetopoftheheadand
1/2
inchlateral
to
theposteriormidlineoftheleftelbow'.Theentrancewoundiscircular,measuresl/4inchindiameter.andissurroundedbyacircumferential}/16inchmarginalabrasion.Thereisnofirearmresidue.Afterperforatingtheskinandsubcutaneoustissue,thebulletfracturesthebonesoftheleftelbow.Multipleleadandcopperjacketfragmentsareembeddedwithintheelbowjoint.Inaddition,thereisagunshotwoundofpartialexitofthesuperomedialIeftforearm,located24-112inchesbelowthetopoftheheadand}
12
inchanteriortothemedialmidlineoftheleftforearm.Theexitwoundisroughlycircularwithirregular,raggedmarginsandedgeswhichreapproxirnate.Thewoundmeasures
3/4
inchinmaximumdimensionandisfreeoffirearmresidue.Associatedwiththiswound,thewoundtrackishemorrhagic.Thedirectionsofthebulletarebacktofront,downward.andlefttoright.Giventheproximityofthepartialexitwoundofgunshotwound#4totheentranceofgunshotwound#2,aswellasthe
Accredited
by
TheNationalAssociation
of
MedicalExaminers

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