Pathologist hired by Brown family goes before grand jury

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CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Grand Jury working on the Michael Brown fatal shooting case heard testimony Thursday from a prominent forensic pathologist hired by the Brown family to conduct a second autopsy of their teenage son.

Dr. Michael Baden spent the morning inside the County Justice Center, but when he left during the lunch hour he was under a gag order and unable to discuss his testimony with reporters.

Lawyers for the Brown family predicted his testimony “will be very helpful to the grand jury” because of his experience and expertise in conducting autopsies. Lawyer Benjamin Crump said, “Apparently members of the grand jury sought to hear his perspective,” adding “We’re also appreciative of the fact that the prosecutor’s office opened the invitation to Dr. Baden’s testimony.”

In August, Dr. Baden answered questions about his autopsy. At that time he said he found signs of six bullet wounds and several re-entry wounds. Thursday, Crump said he has told the Brown family that after reviewing additional material provided by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office he determined there was a seventh bullet entry wound in the chest.
Baden’s August autopsy indicated 18-year old Brown was shot from the front and the officer fired the shots from some distance beyond one to two feet.

A spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch declined to say if Dr. Baden would be the final witness to appear before the grand jury.

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted the first autopsy and the U.S. Justice Department ordered a third autopsy.
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