Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew said on Tuesday that the investigation into the death of 22-year-old Bethany Lynn Stephens has been closed in light of her autopsy results.
“The medical examiner’s report substantiated what we observed,” said Sheriff Agnew. “I hope that the family can get some peace now. There are going to be those who aren’t going to believe and pick apart all the things that we’ve done, and that’s their prerogative, but unless somebody steps forward with some really strong evidence, we’ve closed this.”
Stephens was found dead in the woods in Goochland County, Virginia, by her father on Dec. 14 at around 8 p.m.
After failing to hear from his daughter that night, the concerned parent called 911 and then went looking for her in an area where she often walked her two dogs, Pac-Man and Tonka.
Stephens’s father eventually discovered his daughter’s mangled body, which he said was being aggressively “guarded” by the two pit bulls.
Sheriff Agnew said that once officers arrived at the scene, they spent over an hour trying to capture the large pit bulls, which were believed to both weigh as much as their 5-foot-1, 125-pound owner.
Stephens’ body was then taken to a medical examiner’s office, where the gruesome details of the attack came to light.
“The first traumatic injury to her was to her throat and face,” Sheriff Agnew said after reviewing the medical examiner’s initial report. “It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death.”
“The victim had defensive wounds on her hands and arms trying to keep the dogs away from her, which would be consistent with being attacked while she was still alive.”
The medical examiner’s final report, released on Feb. 20, confirmed their initial beliefs.
“Overall, the combination of wounds is consistent with the mauling by an animal or animals, possibly dogs,” the report says. “Additionally, there was evidence of extensive postmortem animal predation at the face, torso and arms.”
The report says no drugs or alcohol were found in Stephens’ system and that there was no evidence of a gunshot, strangulation or any other kind of attack.
“Stephens was not raped, and this was not a homicide,” the report declares.
The Sheriff’s Office said one of the dogs had a history of aggression and had snapped at a previous owner. Both animals were euthanized with the permission of Stephens’ family following the attack.
“It was an absolutely grisly mauling,” Sheriff Agnew said. “In my 40 years of law enforcement, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I hope I never see anything like it again.”
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Las Vegas – As Americans search for answers to the questions surrounding reports of a mass shooting at a high school in Florida, the alarming autopsy results from a mass shooting in Las Vegas, which show that the suspected gunman died more than 12 hours after he reportedly committed suicide, are being ignored.
While the official timeline of the Las Vegas shooting has changed multiple times, one thing has remained the same—the claim that after opening fire out of the window of his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, Stephen Paddock shot and killed himself at some point between 10:15 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2017.
However, the autopsy report released by the Clark County Coroner claimed that Paddock actually died at 12 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2017.
The autopsy was conducted on Oct. 6, 2017, by a team of detectives who claimed Paddock weighed 224 lbs. and was 6 feet tall. According to the report, he was wearing a brown long-sleeve shirt and black pants, which match the outfit worn in photos released from the hotel room that showed what was purported to be Paddock’s dead body after the shooting.
However, while initial photos of Stephen Paddock appeared to show that he had the number “13” tattooed on his neck, the photos of the dead man in the hotel room showed that his neck was clean, and the autopsy report’s external examination claimed that, “the neck is unremarkable.”
The report confirmed that Paddock died as a result of a gunshot entering his mouth, and he was found with a bullet lodged in his brain, in between his occipital dura and occipital skull.
“CAUSE OF DEATH: This 64-year-old man, Stephen Craig Paddock, died of an intraoral gunshot wound of the head,” the autopsy report concluded. “MANNER OF DEATH: Suicide.”
While the mainstream media focused on the fact that the autopsy determined Paddock was overweight and he had anti-anxiety drugs in his system—which was public knowledge within days of the shooting—the claim that Paddock died more than 12 hours after police claimed he committed suicide should raise some serious red flags.
In an updated timeline last month, the Los Angeles Times released what it referred to as “The most comprehensive look yet at how the Las Vegas concert massacre unfolded.” It was based on an 81-page investigative report from the Las Vegas Police, claiming that Paddock had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound by the time officers entered his room at 11:20 p.m.
10:12 p.m.: Two armed Mandalay Bay security officers arrive on the 32nd floor, and the police and security officers on the 31st floor realize that the shooting is coming from one floor above them.
10:15 p.m.: Paddock fires his final shots at concertgoers.
10:16 p.m.: The two police officers on the 31st floor enter the stairwell outside the 32nd floor hallway but do not confront Paddock.
10:57 p.m.: Police breach the sealed 32nd-floor stairwell doorway.
11:20 p.m.: Police use explosives to blow open Paddock’s door, and they discover him dead.
11:26 p.m.: Police breach the interior door to Paddock’s second room, where a police officer accidentally fires three rounds into the room.
When rumors begin to spread suggesting that Paddock may have shot himself after police entered his hotel room, Sgt. Jerry MacDonald insisted, “He absolutely killed himself before anyone got into the room.”
However, while there have been a number of significant changes to the timeline of the shooting, none of them have suggested the possibility of Paddock’s death occurring the next day, hours after his name was released as the only suspect in the massacre.
As The Free Thought Project has reported, the first reports of gunfire happened at 10:08 p.m. on Oct. 1, and Paddock’s name was then released publicly at 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 2, with the claim that he committed suicide before police entered his hotel room.
It should also be noted that Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was reportedly visiting family in the Philippines at the time, set her Facebook account to private at 12:38 a.m. and then deleted it entirely at 2:46 a.m.—nearly one hour before Paddock’s name was publicly released as the suspect in the shooting.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office fought the release of the autopsy report, choosing to pay more than $32,000 in legal fees instead. Now it is clear that the revelation that Stephen Paddock actually died at 12 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2017, may have been what they were trying to hide, because it calls the validity of every police officer and FBI agent involved in the investigation into question, and it opens a new host of questions about how the massacre unfolded.
(Reuters) – The Las Vegas gunman who killed 58 people and himself in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was found to have had anti-anxiety medication in his system, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing a newly obtained autopsy report.
The autopsy also confirmed that the gunman, Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old retired real estate investor and high-stakes gambler, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the newspaper said.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office declined to immediately respond to a request from Reuters seeking a copy of the report, which the Review-Journal said it obtained after a judge ordered the medical examiner to release it last week to news organizations.
Paddock strafed a crowd of outdoor concertgoers with rapid-fire gunshots from his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel the night of Oct. 1 before police stormed his room to find him dead amid a large cache of high-powered weapons and ammunition.
Authorities said in the immediate aftermath of the rampage that the gunman had fatally shot himself but left no suicide note. No motive for the massacre, which also left several hundred people injured, has ever been established.
There was nothing in the Review-Journal’s story on Friday to suggest that the autopsy records shed any additional light on what may have driven Paddock to carry out the bloodiest U.S. shooting spree on record.
It said that the Clark County coroner, John Fudenberg, had found anti-anxiety medication in Paddock’s system, but the Review-Journal did not make clear whether further details of that finding were disclosed in the new autopsy report.
The newspaper reported several days after the killings that a local doctor had prescribed Paddock the drug diazepam, known by the brand name Valium, which is used for treating anxiety and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
The Review-Journal also has reported that Fudenberg sent a sample of Paddock’s brain tissue to Stanford University School of Medicine in October for a neuropathological examination to look for signs of possible disorders that might have explained Paddock’s violent behavior.
(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
San Joaquin, California – The resignation of a chief autopsy doctor has raised questions as he is now claiming that he chose to resign because he no longer wanted to stand by and watch the sheriff override his findings from death investigations, in order to protect law enforcement.
Former Chief Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, claimed that when he was conducting autopsies on individuals who were killed by police officers, Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore attempted to influence his medical findings, according to a report from KQED News.
Based on a series of documents that include memos from Omalu, the report claims the doctor said some of the most alarming death investigations Moore tried to override were those of people who “died in the custody of law enforcement officers who used Tasers or other types of force.”
“The sheriff was using his political office as the coroner to protect police officers whenever someone died while in custody or during arrest. I had thought that this was initially an anomaly, but now, especially beginning in 2016, it has become routine practice.”
The resignations of both Dr. Omalu and his colleague, Dr. Susan Parson, come months after they began documenting Moore’s behavior in March. Their complaints against the sheriff include accusations that he routinely changed the labels on “homicides” to “accidents,” and he would delay the written reports pathologists needed from sheriff’s investigators in order to complete their cases for months.
The doctors also claim that on several occasions, when overseeing coroner operations, Moore would order technicians to “cut the hands off bodies, without the knowledge, consent or supervision of the physicians.”
A report from the Sacramento Bee noted that according to the doctors, Moore’s staff “ordered the hands be cut off of at least five corpses this year to be sent to a forensics lab to identify the deceased.” While the sheriff claimed that the purpose was for identification, the doctors allege that “in some instances, the victims’ identity was already known and in others, police failed to attempt to identify the dead by investigative means.”
“Sheriff Steve Moore has always made calculated attempts to control me as a physician and influence my professional judgement,” Omalu wrote, noting that while he became the county’s chief forensic pathologist in 2007, the treatment has gotten worse over the last two years.
As the report from KQED noted, there were a number of deaths documents by Dr. Omalu that called Moore’s conduct into question. One of the cases occurred when Daniel Humphreys died in 2008. Initial reports claimed that the father of two young children was fleeing from police on his motorcycle when he hit a median in the freeway and died. Officers admitted that they shocked Humphreys with a Taser once or twice.
However, Omalu noted that when he went to check the automatic computer records of how many times the Taser was fired, he was told the record did not exist. It wasn’t until two years later that a deputy district attorney let him see the Taser report, which revealed that police shocked Humphreys with a Taser 31 times.
After viewing the Taser report, Omalu changed the cause of Humphreys’ death from “accident” from a head injury, to “homicide by electrocution.
Moore released a statement on the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, denying the allegations that he interfered with the results of the death investigations conducted by Dr. Omalu and Dr. Susan Parson.
“There have been questions recently about whether I have interfered with forensic investigations. That has never happened. I would never try to control, influence, or change the opinions of Dr. Omalu or any pathologist working on a case, but I still have the responsibility of making the final determination.”
However, Omalu is not backing down. In addition to resigning from his position, he is attempting to shed light on the ongoing problems within the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department, which has found a way to ensure that officers who murder innocent citizens will not face consequences.
“The Sheriff does whatever he feels like doing as the coroner, in total disregard of bioethics, standards of practice of medicine and the generally accepted principles of medicine,” Dr. Omalu wrote.
Two San Joaquin County forensic pathologists have accused the sheriff of meddling in death investigations in order to protect officers of the law. Documents released Monday by a pathologist who announced her resignation last week raise serious questions about the integrity of investigations of people who died in the custody of law enforcement officers who used Tasers or other types of force.
Dr. Susan Parson, who performs autopsies for the county, accused Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore of interfering with her work, and sent copies of emails, notes and other correspondence to the district attorney and the Board of Supervisors documenting her claims.
‘The sheriff was using his political office as the coroner to protect police officers whenever someone died while in custody or during arrest. … I had thought that this was initially an anomaly, but now, especially beginning in 2016, it has become routine practice.’
The documents, obtained by KQED, also include correspondence and memos written by the county’s chief forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu.
The Nigerian-born neuropathologist rose to national prominence in 2005 after he published his discovery of a degenerative brain disease in football players he named chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. His discovery was documented in the 2015 film “Concussion,” starring Will Smith.
San Joaquin County hired Omalu in 2007 to raise the standards of death investigations. But in a memo Omalu wrote on Aug. 22, 2017, he indicated it was a losing prospect.
“I have always believed that the longer I spent in the office, the better the office would become,” Omalu wrote. “I was wrong.”
In March 2017, Omalu and Parson began documenting incidents they believe show wrongdoing by Sheriff Moore. The two doctors allege the sheriff labeled certain deaths as “accidents” rather than “homicides” to shield from prosecution law enforcement officers who were involved.
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September 27th, 2017
Via: Daily Mail:
The number of people dying from opioid overdoses is skyrocketing so quickly that medical examiners’ offices across the country cannot autopsy them all.
These offices are being forced to neglect suspected opioid overdose victims by giving them a watered-down version of an autopsy that provides a minimal amount of information on their death.
In doing so, they risk missing an alternative cause of death and incorrectly calculating the number of opioid overdose victims they have seen. This, in turn, could affect the way government resources dedicated to the crisis are allocated.
But if they examine every suspected victim, they could lose their National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) accreditation, which would make them appear unreliable in court.
Because of the issue, these offices are having to prioritize the types of cases they are tasked with, predicting that the worst of the opioid crisis has not even come yet.
And more and more they are choosing to focus on homicides rather than opioid overdoses, which have become predictable in recent years as they have overtaken gun violence, car crashes and HIV as a leading cause of death.
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