The state will limit it's question to cause of death.
I reviewed the video
of the part of Guy's opening statement that covered the autopsy (1:04:20-6:26).
And finally, ladies and gentlemen, you'll hear from the medical examiner.
I like this.
You'll learn that Trayvon Martin arrived for his appointment with Dr. Bao . . .
His last doctor's appointment. Isn't that sweet, and more than a little creepy? Just think of the emotional associations being triggered there, especially for the jurors who are parents.
That's what predominates in this part of Guy's opening - various poetic ways of harping on how the victim in the murder case is, who would have thought, actually dead. I expect to hear a lot more of that on the direct of Dr. Bao, priming the jurors for Sybrina.
Guy's substantive points:
TM was 5'11" and weighed 158 lbs. His hands weren't swollen, and the only injury to his hand that could be photographed was a small abrasion on his left ring finger. [TM, says Guy, was right handed.] TM's chest had burn marks ('stipples'), 'just like the shirt'. The path of the bullet was straight through the heart.
I don't think TM being right handed would be an autopsy finding. Guy didn't say what evidence would support it. Sybrina can testify to it, but I would think they would want something more neutral/objective. Does anyone recall any evidence on the point being presented?
Saying the burn marks in TM's flesh were 'just like' those on the shirt, nicely glosses over how it's really only the ones on the shirt that support a contact shot.
On direct, I think Dr. Bao will be asked about all of these things. That's TM's measurements, the condition of his hands, the stippling, and the path of the bullet. He will say that the stippling shows the gun muzzle was close, and on direct he won't be asked 'how close'. But the door will be open.
Bottom line, I think I was wrong, and AnnoyedBeyond
was right. I think Dr. Bao will be on the stand for a while.