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Shenandoah Teens Trial: Explosive Testimony From Neuropathologist Says Trauma Caused From Head Hitting Stationary Object

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I have been following the trial of Shenandoah teens Derrick Donchak and Brandon Piekarsky accused of killing illegal alien Luis Ramirez in July 2008. Two other teens, Colin Walsh and Brian Scully, took plea agreements and are testifying against their lifetime friends. The case is over whether a kick to the head caused the death of Luis Ramirez or whether it was due to a blow to the head when his head hit the ground. There was just explosive testimony given by prosecution witness Dr. Daniel Brown, a neuropathologist from Allentown.

In his testimony Dr. Brown, who says he has examined almost 2,000 brains, and examined Ramirez's on Aug. 1, 2008, said the following:

I observed a blood clot between his brain and a protective covering, and blood in an area usually containing spinal fluid. The left side of his brain had extensive contusions and swelling. Because of motion of the brain, an injury to the back of the brain caused an injury to the front. No evidence of trauma to the right side of his brain.

Injuries consistent with a moving head hitting a stationary object.

The defense had no questions for Dr. Brown as obviously this is in their favor that the injuries to Ramirez' brain were consistent with his head hitting the ground.

(Shenandoah Teen Trial Coverage: Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, My Verdict, Verdict is in!, Shenandoah Rally and Archive)

Source: Republican Herald

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And....don't forget the REST of the expert's testimony:

"According to the prosecution, the autopsy did show multiple skull fractures, cited the cause of death as blunt force injuries to the head and said, pending the toxicology report, the manner of death is homicide."

HOMICIDE listed as manner of death!

Posted by: Paralegaleye on May 2, 2009 10:14 AM

Homicide is a manner of death outside of natural causes, unknown, suicide, accidental etc.. It does not show signs of guilt and the multiple fractures do not even show that "a kick" was the killing blow.

Posted by: Digger on May 3, 2009 12:12 AM

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