Position of Body


A standard 12 gauge # 7 1/2 bird load exerts 1771 ft/lb kinetic energy (force). With no exit wound, the entire energy is expended in tissue destruction and propulsion.


The victim, who had no exit wound, and weighed 160 lb was alleged to have been sitting in a light weight patio chair in the middle of a lawn, would have been blown backward in the direction of the long axis of the shotgun. To have fallen forward and to the right, on top of the gun, is inconsistant with the alleged scenario of the victim sitting in the chair, placing the butt end of the gun on the ground next to his right foot with the barrel in his mouth and discharging the weapon.