Dr. Michael Baden Will Testify Thursday to Grand Jury on Mike Brown Case
AUTOPSY REVEALS MICHAEL BROWN WAS SHOT IN THE FRONT – WAS CHARGING FERGUSON OFFICER DARREN WILSON
An earlier autopsy by Dr. Michael Baden revealed Michael Brown was shot in the front – Not in the back.
His hands were not up.
Dr. Baden will testify before the St. Louis County Grand Jury on Thursday.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:
Anthony Gray, the Brown family’s attorney, said Tuesday that St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch asked Dr. Michael Baden to testify.
Baden, a nationally known expert who examined Brown’s body as a consultant, is scheduled to appear in the grand jury session here Thursday, Gray said.
Brown’s body had been washed after the first autopsy, a standard procedure, and skin from his thumb had been removed for microscopic analysis.
Gray said St. Louis County will give Baden access today to that tissue.
It is unclear whether Baden’s testimony is among the last that the grand jury is hearing.
The first autopsy was performed by well respected ME Mary Case. Her results were released to reporters. The autopsy found that Brown, 18, had six gunshot wounds to the head and chest and was shot from the front.
St. Louis Today reported:
A source with knowledge of Wilson’s statements said the officer had told investigators that Brown had struggled for Wilson’s pistol inside a police SUV and that Wilson had fired the gun twice, hitting Brown once in the hand. Later, Wilson fired additional shots that killed Brown and ignited a national controversy.
The St. Louis medical examiner, Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official investigation, reviewed the autopsy report for the newspaper. He said Tuesday that it “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car.”
Graham said the examination indicated a shot traveled from the tip of Brown’s right thumb toward his wrist. The official report notes an absence of stippling, powder burns around a wound that indicate a shot fired at relatively short range.
But Graham said, “Sometimes when it’s really close, such as within an inch or so, there is no stipple, just smoke.”
Sources told the Post-Dispatch that Brown’s blood had been found on Wilson’s gun.
Melinek also said the autopsy did not support witnesses who have claimed Brown was shot while running away from Wilson, or with his hands up.
A third autopsy was ordered by federal officials as part of their separate investigation of the shooting. Results of that one have not been revealed.