Court proceedings in the Gary Lee Bullock trial were delayed until 9:05 this morning after attorneys met with Judge Feeney at the bench. This after court was delayed opening at 8:30 a.m.
Dr. Mark Super, a forensic pathologist, who conducted the autopsy for Fr. Eric Freed, testified today.
The cause of death, according to Dr. Super, was blunt force head and thoracic injuries, asphyxia and neck compression. Dr. Super described the autopsy procedure in general before giving detailed testimony about Fr. Freed's autopsy. The autopsy was performed January 4, 2014.
Today, the jury saw more graphic close ups of photos depicting the brutal injuries Fr. Freed suffered and his bloodied and bruised face, neck, abdomen, back, arms and legs. There was a diagram that Dr. Super prepared at the autopsy. A larger, blown up version of that was shown today on the projecteor screen with Fr. Freed's body in 5 different positions, including front and back and two side views. The diagram had notes scribbled all over, pointing to the injuries.
Dr. Super concluded his testimony today, at noon. He was the People's last witness.
Usually jury members , audience members and all media chat during breaks. Today, with a few brief pleasantries, it was a somber break, with most people just walking out of the courtroom quieter than usual.
To add insult to injury, Bullock's mother who attended court today with a family friend, both whispered loudly and talked while Dr. Super was testifying. Bullock's mother did the same thing last time, including her cell phone going off twice.