Legal professionals for a white Chicago police officer charged with homicide within the taking pictures of black teenager Laquan McDonald opened their protection case Monday with a witness questioning the thoroughness and accuracy of the post-mortem.

Forensic pathologist Shaku Teas testified that not less than 12 of the 16 photographs fired by Officer Jason Van Dyke on Oct. 20, 2014, hit McDonald earlier than he was on the bottom. However prosecutors have cited police video to argue that Van Dyke fired lots of the photographs after McDonald was on the bottom. They are saying the 17-year-old collapsed on the road 1.6 seconds after the primary bullet hit him and was on the bottom for greater than 12 seconds because the taking pictures continued.

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Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, Cook dinner County’s chief medical expert, testified final week that it was unattainable to find out the precise order of the injuries. However Teas testified {that a} shot to McDonald’s neck was the primary or second shot and was fired when he was nonetheless standing.

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She stated she believes the fourth shot hit McDonald’s proper chest and “brought about him to die quickly.” She stated the wound was in line with McDonald being turned towards the officer when he was shot.

Dashcam video exhibits Van Dyke opened fireplace as McDonald walked away from police with a small knife in his hand. Van Dyke’s attorneys have argued that he was afraid for his life and acted in line with his coaching. Prosecutors have pressured that no different officers who encountered McDonald opened fireplace. Prosecutors rested their case Thursday.

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An enormous query remaining for the trial is whether or not Van Dyke will testify. He is not obligated to testify, however he has the appropriate to take the stand to provide his model of what occurred.

One other query is which — if any — different officers on the scene the protection will name to testify. Prosecutors known as a number of final week, however others, together with two charged with making an attempt to cowl up what occurred to guard Van Dyke, haven’t testified.


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