- An orange-sized contusion existed behind the right ear and extended downward to the neck.
- At autopsy, a massive blood clot was identified within that swollen area and between the scalp and skull. Skull x-rays were taken and showed a large depressed skull fracture under the blood clot with the fragment pressed inward over 3/4 in. deep.
- Since the victim was alleged to have shot himself in the mouth, any displaced fragments should have been blown outward not inward.
- X-rays showed that there were no shotgun pellets nor bone spicules within the blood clot.