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NCJ Number: 141755 Find in a Library
Title: Meaning of an Accessory Projectile
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:38  Issue:2  Dated:(March 1993)  Pages:484-488
Author(s): O C Smith; H E Berryman; S A Symes
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 5
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Foreign bodies associated with gunshot wounds may represent an intermediate target set in motion after having been struck by the bullet in free flight or something expelled from the bore ahead of the bullet. In this case, a previously expended pistol casing was linked back to the weapon and proved the criminal intent behind a shooting initially believed to be accidental.
Abstract: A juvenile boy, who had been given a sawed-off shotgun, was deliberately pointing the weapon at another boy when it discharged. The victim was struck in the face; the bullet caused a large wound of entrance from glabella to nares and he was killed. Although witnesses recalled only one shot, the autopsy recovered two projectiles, one a large mutilated bullet and the other a deformed rimless cartridge case. The cartridge case had been previously expended, but the empty case had been placed base down in the bore ahead of the bullet when the gun was fired. The juvenile in possession of the gun, being ignorant of its mechanism and the fact that it was loaded, tried to load it with the empty casing in order to have a functional weapon. He and his companion were charged with criminally negligent homicide. 4 figures and 6 references
Main Term(s): Ballistics; Bullet hole identification
Index Term(s): Autopsy
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