Day 3 Of Trial: Jurors View Autopsy Photos Of Laquan McDonald

Lisa Fielding
September 19, 2018 - 1:27 pm

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CHICAGO (AP) - Jurors are viewing autopsy photos of black teenager Laquan McDonald after he was shot by a white Chicago police officer.

 

11:50 a.m.

The photos were shown as Cook County's chief medical examiner, Dr. Ponni Arunkumar testified Wednesday about McDonald's gunshot wounds. She said he had 16 total.

Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in McDonald's death. Video from the October 2014 shooting shows Van Dyke opening fire as McDonald walks away from police with a small knife in one hand.

Arunkumar was describing each gunshot wound for the jury. The first wound that was shown to jurors was a bullet graze to the head. She says that wouldn't have killed the teenager. But she says it's impossible to determine the order of the gunshots in such cases because the shooter and the person being shot are in "constant motion."

2:10 p.m.

A doctor testifying in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the death of Laquan McDonald says it's impossible to determine the exact order of the wounds the black teenager suffered from 16 shots that were fired.

Dr. Ponni Arunkumar is Cook County's chief medical examiner. She testified Wednesday about each gunshot wound as jurors viewed autopsy photos of them. She said that when the entrance and exit wounds are added, there were "24 holes on Laquan." That's because eight of the shots left both exit and entrance wounds.

Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in McDonald's death. Video from the October 2014 shooting shows Van Dyke opening fire as McDonald walks away from police with a small knife in one hand.

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