Witnesses: Dorian Johnson Annotated P1/2

dorian-johnson-hands-upThe following is my abridged edition of Dorian Johnson’s testimony to the Grand Jury. I think it’s important to read and as you go along, you’ll find my annotated commentary. Page 504 of 4799 page PDF starts Dorian Johnson’s testimony which took place at Justice Services in Clayton on 09/10/2014. It should be noted that at the beginning of the testimony Dorian and the assistant prosecutor discuss for the record that he is not under threat of prosecution for any type of minor criminal activity he admits to during his testimony. I understand why this was done, but it turns my stomach regardless.  This first entry will be testimony related to everything prior to Darren Wilson arriving.  The second entry I will post tomorrow will be all testimony once Darren Wilson arrives.

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Witnesses: Part III

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  • Part I: Crime Scene Detective 1
  • Part II: Crime Scene Detective 2
  • Part III: Forensic Pathologist
  • Part IV: Dorian Johnson (Not yet posted)

PART III:
Forensic Pathologist – St. Louis County

This segment is a little bit harder to read because it is largely in reference to pictorial evidence that we do not have access to.  The summaries of the injuries toward the end are the most important element.

All Page Numbers are in reference to total 4799 page PDF.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/25/us/evidence-released-in-michael-brown-case.html?_r=0

Summary of important topics:

  • -Autopsy took place on August 10th, 2014
  • -Body was locked in a container and transported. Chain of custody was maintained from scene to medical examiner.
  • -Michael Brown weighed 289 lbs and was 6 foot 5 inches tall.
  • -Forensic Pathologist explains his rationale between entry/exit wounds.
  • -The injury to the hand was a close range gun shot graze
  • -The injury to the eye was not fatal. The gunshot entered the skin of the head and went toward the point of least resistance which traveled through Brown’s eye but did not pierce his skull.
  • -The injury that entered the top of his head was fatal and presumably the final shot.
  • -The top of the head shot came from a distance greater than 3 feet.
  • -6 entrance wounds. 3 exit wounds. 2 graze wounds.
  • -All shots were to the front. The shot to the dorsal portion of the right forearm arm could have come while trailing behind or from a number of other scenarios.

 

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Witnesses: Part II

74870004Crime Scene Detective #2, St. Louis County Police
(Pictured above is Darren Wilson, not the Detective)

All Page Numbers are in reference to total 4799 page PDF.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/25/us/evidence-released-in-michael-brown-case.html?_r=0

Summary of important topics:

  • -This detective arrived at the hospital at 1420.
  • -Darren Wilson was already in the emergency room.
  • -Visible marks to his face and neck.
  • -Blood on his pants.
  • -Blood on his shirt.
  • -Darren Wilson’s Gun was recovered at the Ferguson PD after leaving the hospital.
  • -Gun was not fingerprinted due to DNA swab for blood.
  • -Latent prints are unlikely to be present due to the conditions of a struggle. I can confirm this is consistent with the rarity of obtaining usable fingerprint evidence in the first place.
  • -One intact bullet was with the gun, indicating with previous witness 12 shots plus one in the chamber for Wilson’s Sig Sauer.

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Witnesses: Part I

74810024In the coming weeks I’m going to be working my way through the various testimony to the Grand Jury in the case of the Michael Brown shooting. This is a significant undertaking seeing as the PDF that I downloaded from the New York Times is 4799 pages. The page references to follow are in reference to the greater PDF and not the page numbers in the individual transcript documents.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/25/us/evidence-released-in-michael-brown-case.html?_r=0

First up is:

Crime Scene Detective #1, St. Louis County Police

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