Today marked the fourth day of 24 year old Damien Taylor's trial. He has been charged with second degree murder of his then girlfriend CJ Fowlers death.
Family and friends of CJ Fowler wept as a Forensic Pathologist testified about the teen's injuries and cause of death.
Dr. Gilles Molgat, a forensic pathologist took the witness stand, telling the 11 person jury that Fowler's death was caused as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, neck and chest - which caused asphyxiation.
Those seated in the courtroom who knew Fowler were visibly distraught as Dr. Molgat held up photos of Fowlers injuries.He testified the victims jaw and right side of face were caved in. The doctor said her tongue, which was pushed backwards blocking her airwaves was a major contributing factor to Fowler suffocating. He said she also sustained lacerations and contusions to areas of her face and shoulders and neck also with a skull fracture that caused brain damage.
Dr Molgat said despite Fowlers injuries, had she received medical attention immediately he believes she could still be alive
Earlier this week the jury heard that Fowlers body was found beneath a concrete block, however Dr Molgat said most likely there were two blunt force trauma events, possibly three that caused her injuries.
He questioned "If the concrete slab landed on her head and rolled onto her body, why would't she have injuries to her nose like the rest of her face? The doctor said Fowler was found in an odd position, sitting cross legged with an arm behind her back. He says it was most likely she fell back or laid backwards.
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