Take a drawing from the file folder. Mark the locations of all of Jose Diaz' injuries. On the back side, list what forensic tools you would use to solve this crime. See Mrs. Williams for the "rest of the story".
Jose's death certificate and autopsy give the cause of death as a contusion of the brain and a subdural hemorrhage due to a basal fracture of the skull.
Here is a list of all his injuries:
Basal skull fracture
Facial cuts and swelling
Bleeding from inside his left ear
Finger on his left hand was broken
Contusions on the backs of both hands
Swelling of both hands consistent with delivering blows with fists
Abrasion of the knuckles of the little and ring finger on the left hand and the second finger of the right hand
Contusion over the left side of the lower lip and also the upper lip
Contusion over the prominence of both cheeks
Abrasions over the outer angle and right angle of the mouth
Left ear markedly contused
Extensive ecchymosis of the scalp over the left side of the head (this combined with the “crushing effect on the left ear” indicated a weapon other than fists; in regard to this specific injury, the doctor later testified, "If this decedent had fallen to the ground...the head could have hit a protruding rock or something else other than a smooth surface." )
The brain was contused and there was a profuse subdural hemorrhage
The base of the skull was fractured with the fracture line running along the lesser wing of the sphenoid bone on the left side
0.12% alcohol level
As a result of these injuries and primarily because of the profuse hemorrhage and skull fracture, Jose Diaz died about 4:00 a.m. on August 2nd.