A Denver actual property dealer who was shot to loss of life after an argument along with her fiance final yr appeared to endure a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the deputy director of the Denver Crime Laboratory testified on the second day of a homicide trial for the girl’s fiancé.
Micah Kimball, 44, is charged with killing Michelle Jacobson, 43, contained in the couple’s Speer neighborhood dwelling on Sept. 26, however blood patterns on the crime scene and on Kimball’s clothes recommend Jacobson shot herself within the head, and it will be “extremely unlikely” that Kimball shot her, deputy director Angela Deadmond testified Thursday.
“Primarily based on the proof I reviewed, it seems it’s extremely possible it’s self-inflicted,” Deadmond testified for the protection.
Deadmond’s testimony immediately contradicted the prosecution’s concept within the case, which is that Kimball shot Jacobson after an extended night time of arguing as a result of he was indignant along with her and needed to exert management over her.
On cross examination, Chief Deputy District Lawyer Daniel Cohen characterised Deadmond’s conclusions as overreach and recommended her findings have been flawed as a result of the crime scene may have been altered by Kimball earlier than it was documented by investigators and since the proof doesn’t disprove that Kimball shot Jacobson.
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Cohen emphasised that Deadmond didn’t go to the crime scene however slightly labored from pictures, movies and scans taken by crime scene investigators, and recommended she was working from incomplete info.
“Blood spatter evaluation has its limits, proper?” Cohen requested. “There are issues it can not let you know.”
Deadmond testified that she based mostly her opinion on the sample of blood spatter across the mattress the place Jacobson was shot within the high of her head, in addition to on her evaluation of Kimball’s clothes, which, whereas blood stained, weren’t lined within the sort blood spatter that’s usually seen when an individual shoots and wounds somebody at shut vary.
“I don’t imagine he was close to the gunshot,” she stated of Kimball.
A second, impartial crime scene skilled who reviewed the case on the request of the district legal professional’s workplace additionally concluded the wound was most-likely to be self-inflicted, in accordance with testimony.
Additionally mentioned Thursday was additionally a soot mark on Jacobson’s left hand that signifies her hand was close to or on the gun when it was fired. Protection legal professional Iris Eytan stated the mark indicated a self-inflicted wound, whereas Cohen argued Jacobson realized Kimball was about to shoot her and put her hand as much as attempt to cease him.