Kim Potter Trial, December 13 Live Update: Asst. Medical examiner describes Daunte Wright autopsies, cause of death – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The trial of Kim Potter has entered the second week of testimony.

The former Brooklyn Center police officer was charged with manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright during a stopover last April. She said she intended to use her Taser, not her gun.

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Prosecutors will call more witnesses to the trial Monday morning, with an assistant medical examiner expected to guide jurors in Wright’s autopsy.

HOW TO VIEW: The trial will continue on Monday morning with Live coverage on CBSN Minnesota. You can also follow our social channels for more information: Facebook and Twitter.

Here are the updates, starting with the latest.


UPDATE (11:20am): The next state witness is BCA agent Brent Peterson. He is testifying about the body camera video review that was involved in the case.

The prosecution indicated that they intended to project a still image and the objects of defense. After an argument, judge Regina Chu denied the defense’s objections.

The prosecution requires a different sidebar. The court began a brief 15-minute break after a shorter piece of testimony.

MOTION (11am): The state filed two important motions in the trial. The first was to testify last week that Kim Potter’s use of force was justified “according to the law.” It is suggested that testimony regarding matters of law should not be given by non-experts, such as police officers.

The second motion was to allow questioning of officers’ union membership to determine their possible bias against Potter.

UPDATE (10:35 am): Court adjourned.

UPDATE (10:01 am): State called its next witness to the stand, Melissa Loren, a forensic scientist with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.


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Loren leads a team of forensic scientists who handle the crime scene. She had been an adept witness in court before.

Loren is describing the handling of evidence at the scene, including the discharged shell casings inside Wright’s car.

Bang is also questioning Loren about guns recovered at the scene from Kim Potter and Sgt. Johnson.

UPDATE (9:52 am): Defense began cross-examining Dr. Lorren Jackson, assistant medical examiner at the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.

When asked about the THC levels in Wright’s body, Jackson said it’s difficult to say whether Wright is a regular or regular marijuana user. He said THC levels were higher than what he normally sees.

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After a brief cross-check, states are given to redirect. In diversion, prosecutors are asking Jackson about what happens physiologically when someone is shot in the heart and loses a significant amount of blood. The defense then asked if Wright was able to stay awake and drive away after being shot.

Defense quickly reached out to clarify that it had not inquired about the extent to which THC contributed to Wright’s death. Jackson agrees.

Jackson was excused from the stands.

UPDATE (9am): The prosecution called for Dr. Jackson to stand up. He has been an assistant medical examiner for 12 years.


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Jackson specializes in determining the cause and manner of death, especially in “unusual, unexpected, or violent” deaths. He went to the scene of the incident in Central Brooklyn as part of his investigation. He conducted an autopsy the day after the incident, on April 12.

Several images are being shown in court of Daunte Wright’s body at the scene, as well as during the autopsy the following day. The entrance and exit wounds from the shot were on opposite sides of his chest.

These images were not broadcast live out of respect for the Wright family.

In addition to the gunshot wound, Wright suffered facial and body injuries related to the collision and he was removed from the vehicle. Jackson said they were mostly superficial and insignificant factors in his death.

Jackson described the basic trajectory of the bullet with an image that was shown in court and broadcast live. Wright’s lungs were slightly damaged, but Jackson says the heart was most damaged – and therefore lost a lot of blood inside.


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In his expert opinion, the wound is not permanent, and the specific injury is enough to cause death in seconds to minutes, Jackson said. He said if the blood supply to the brain is cut off, consciousness will be lost for a few seconds.

During a blood test, Jackson said that the cannabinoid in cannabis was detected, but not significant in the cause of Wright’s death. Jackson said the examination found no other health problems.

Jackson determined that Wright died of homicide due to an examination of his wounds and information that he had been shot by another individual. Cause of death: gunshot wound to the chest.

On Friday, newly released body camera evidence showed the defendant just minutes after the deadly shooting.

The footage shows Potter so distraught after the shooting, she even talks about killing herself. Potter’s supervisor, Mychal Johnson, made sure Potter didn’t have a loaded gun, after making those remarks.

Johnson told defense attorneys he could have been injured or killed in his fight with Wright, and that Potter had the right to use deadly force.

Last week’s testimony also featured emotional testimony from Wright’s mother and the woman who was in the car with him when he was shot.

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