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Former medical examiner suggests Scott's death not homicide

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The prosecution and defense rested their cases Sunday in Day 7 of the Jeffrey Scott murder trial, on the same day that the former Shelby County Medical Examiner suggested Ashley's Scott death was not murder.

Meanwhile, jurors spent the day looking at graphic photos and hearing graphic details of Ashley Scott's last moments alive.  Forensic pathologist Dr. Lisa Funte explained the injuries that led to the Scott's death.

As pictures of Scott were displayed for the jury, Funte described Scott's injuries from Thanksgiving 2006.  Jurors could barely look at the graphic pictures, and some of Scott's family members left the courtroom.

"She has multiple impacts, contusions to the head," Funte said as she described one of the pictures.

Defense Attorney Leslie Ballin said medical examiners failed to turn every stone, and called and expert witness, former Shelby County Medical Examiner O.C. Smith.

Smith said Scott died from a condition caused by chronic alcohol abuse, and explained that a fall may have caused her bruises.

"On your knees, elbow, hip bones, anything that sticks out, that goes more towards a fall than an assault," he said.

The state's prosecutor pointed out Smith was being paid for his testimony.

Then, the judge sent the jury out of the room and called Jeffrey Scott himself to the stand.  Scott told the judge he would not testify in the trial.

Then, current Shelby County Chief Medical Examiner Karen Chancellor took the stand to argue against Smith's earlier testimony.

Chancellor said Scott died from a blow to the head.

"When Mrs. Scott received these impacts or blows to the head, her brain moved inside her head, inside her skull," Chancellor said.

Trial is scheduled to resume Monday morning, when closing arguments are scheduled to be heard.


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