Autopsy confirms gunshot direction
An autopsy report in the Feb. 21 shooting death of 17-year-old Ja’Quon Ty’Ree Seward concludes he died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
The report signed for public release by Dr. Clay Nichols on Tuesday answered a forensic question, explaining Seward was shot from the front and not the back. According to Nichols, the character of the perforation wounds would “at first glance” indicate the bullet entered the back and exited the chest.
His conclusion draws from an area of soot to indicate gunfire was in front.
Seward was found by Henderson police at the intersection of Davis and Nicholas streets. He was taken to Maria Parham Medical Center, where he died.
Toxicology reports indicated no alcohol or narcotic substances.
Arrested and charged in the incident were Corey Demel Cheek Jr., Gary Treshon Holden, Remeke Holden, Daquan Marcus Ortiz and a 14-year-old juvenile.
Cheek, Gary Holden and Remeke Holden were each charged with first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm in the city, felony inciting a riot and felony gang pattern activity in the death of Seward.
Ortiz was charged with voluntary manslaughter.
Cheek is also charged in the shooting death of Jerry Olandes Wright in Feburary 2012
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