Autopsy report confirms homicide

Feb. 06, 2014 @ 08:47 PM

An autopsy report released this week confirmed Alton Harris’ death was a homicide.

The 22-year-old from South Hill, Va., died at the home of Tyrie Gonzalez at 1101 U.S. 1 North near Norlina on Aug. 24. Last month, Gonzalez made a deal with prosecutors in Warren County Superior Court to serve five to seven years for the shooting death of Harris, rather than the original charge of voluntary manslaughter.

According to the autopsy report, Harris and Gonzalez’s wife were engaged in a sexual act when Gonzalez returned home and shot Harris three times.

Gonzalez used a .45 caliber handgun to shoot Harris in the abdomen, mid-sternum and mouth, according to the report from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ Chief Medical Examiner.

Harris was moved from the bed to floor by Emergency Medical Services in order to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to the report. There were two pools of blood on the bed from where he was moved.

The gunshot to Harris’ mouth extracted two mid-incisors, which were on the floor with three shell casings, according to the report.

The autopsy report states there were no exit wounds.

 

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