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Byron Case Transcripts 14 Chase Blanchard

Byron Case Transcripts 14 Chase Blanchard

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This is supporting documentation for The Skeptical Juror: Missouri v. Case. It is the first book in a new true crime series.

To learn more about the book, the series, and the concept of The Skeptical Juror, visit me at www.skepticaljuror.com

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This is supporting documentation for The Skeptical Juror: Missouri v. Case. It is the first book in a new true crime series.

To learn more about the book, the series, and the concept of The Skeptical Juror, visit me at www.skepticaljuror.com

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Testimony and cross examination of Dr. Chase BlanchardState of Missouri v. Byron CaseApril 30, 2002.Pages 762-795Direct examination by Ms. CrayonCross examination by Mr. LanceRedirect examination by Ms. CrayonPage 762 (Dr. Chase Blanchard testimony)MS. CRAYON:The State calls Dr. Chase Blanchard.THE COURT:Doctor, if you would, raise your right hand, if you would.CHASE BLANCHARD, having been duly sworn by the Court testified:DIRECT EXAMINANON BY MS. CRAYON:Page 763 (Dr. Chase Blanchard testimony)Q.Could you please introduce yourself to the jury.A.I'm Dr. Chase Blanchard.Q.Where do you work, Doctor?A.At the Jackson County Medical Examiners office.Q.And how long have you actually worked at that office?A.Since June of last year.Q.Now, I just want to ask you some preliminary questions about your background. Can you tell the jury what your education has been to lead you to hold this position?A.
 
Certainly. I completed four years of college and got a B.A. After that I completed four years of medical school in Philadelphia to receive an M.D. degree. After that I did five years of postgraduatetraining in residency for pathology. And after that I did another year of specialty training in forensic pathology.Q.And are you board certified at all?A.Yes. I'm board certified in anatomic, clinical and forensic pathology.Q.And have you testified as an expert in these matters in court before?A.Yes.Page 764 (Dr. Chase Blanchard testimony)Q.Can you just for the jury give them an idea of what forensic pathology is very briefly?A.Certainly. Pathology in general is the study of diseases or trauma in the human body, and forensic isa more specific subcategory where it's pathology relating to the law.Q.And as part of your duties at the medical examiner's office, what is your position there?A.Deputy Medical Examiner.Q.And is there another doctor that works there with you?A.Yes. Dr. Young. He's the Chief Medical Examiner.Q.And do you happen to know how long Dr. Young has been there?A.Approximately five years, I believe.
 
Q.And Dr. Young is actually the one who performed the autopsy in this case; is that correct?A.Correct.Q.And he's not in town and available this week; is that right?A.Correct.Q.So we've had that instance before, and we have asked you to review -- well, tell us what is it thatyou have reviewed in order to be prepared to come in and testify in his place today?Page 765 (Dr. Chase Blanchard testimony)A.I have reviewed the autopsy report that he prepared, as well as the investigator's report from our office, toxicology report, and photographs of the body taken at the time of the autopsy.Q.And after reviewing all of those things, do you believe that you're familiar enough to assist the juryin understanding the injuries that Anastasia WitbolsFeugen suffered and the cause and manner of death?A.Yes.Q.With that would you -- since I have just mentioned cause and manner of death, can you please tellthe jury what actually in your line of work is a cause of death?A.Cause is, basically, the reason why the person died.Q.And what is considered a manner of death?A.Manner is more the circumstances behind that in terms of natural, accident suicide, homicide or sometimes undetermined.Q.

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