The people rest, defense calling witnesses, in D'Avolio murder trial

Science took the witness stand in the murder trial of Jason D'Avolio Thursday. A forensic pathologist and forensic anthropologist worked, in tandem, to reveal to jurors exactly how victim, Kerrilee D'Avolio, died.

Posted: Oct 29, 2020 5:42 PM


Science took the witness stand in the murder trial of Jason D'Avolio Thursday. A forensic pathologist and forensic anthropologist worked, in tandem, to reveal to jurors exactly how victim, Kerrilee D'Avolio, died.

Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Ann Bunch, reconstructed Kerrilee D'Avolio's skull, so that Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Carolyn Revercomb, could see the wound that killed D'Avolio.

"Following the reconstruction of the remains, it was evident there was a perforating gunshot wound that entered the back of her head and exited the front," said Dr. Revercomb.

Revercomb has performed more than 5000 autopsies. The prosecution questioned her about the likelihood that someone could shoot themselves in the back of the head with a long gun-the weapon used in this case.

"Doctor, in your experience over the course of the years you've been a forensic pathologist, have you ever encountered a wound, a gunshot wound, which you determined to be self-inflicted, involving a long gun, to the back of the head?" "No."

Also on the witness stand, Kerrilee D'Avolio's friend, who testified that D'Avolio was supposed to bring her to work Monday, July 29, 2019, and that the two firmed up those plans the Sunday night prior. But when D'Avolio didn't show on Monday, Sorylee Febus called her, and didn't get an answer. Then, she says something unusual happened.

"Around 6:42 am."
"Did she pick up?"
"No."
"Did sometghing unusual happen immediately after the phone call?"
"Yes. I received an instsant message saying 'can't talk right now i'll call you right back'"
"An instant message or a text message?"
"Text message."
"Was it typical for you and Kerrilee to communicate by text message?"
"No."

The people rested Thursday afternoon. The defense is now calling witnesses, and Jason D'Avolio, himself, is expected to take the stand on Monday.

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