At the _ annual awards dinner given for Forensic science,
AUFS President he the Harper Mills astounded his audience
with the legal complications of a bizarre death. Here is the
March 23, 1994 the medical can miner
viewed the body of Ronald Opus
that he died from a
shotgun wound to the head. Mr, Opus
had jumped hem the top of a truestory
building intending to commit suicide. .
He left a note to. the effect indicating his
d. esport. tham: y
As he fullblast. the ninth floor his. iife was
ed byea shotgun blast_ pass_ ing.
through a window. whim him
instantly. Notich. tr. t. iit. t .ilto. t. ? rsou' the
rt: erised . scii. iai, that’ -it safety not
floor . some building-
wickks: ami" thtat Ronald that heard that
have been able" to : hists. :. kie
piss% h. Wahy -on out to toimii. t?. stride
anti' _ ijn' lately succeeds, -awn though the
mer. rngg_ ht not be what he.
intended. _ defiled as.: t. tmart. tati. ipp.
spiser. tir.. s That.. Mr, one has do tji.
he '. kahjiit eaheah" heuh
When confronted with e murder
charge the old man and is who were
both adamant and both said that they
thong ht the shotgun was unloaded. the
Edd man said it was a habit
to threaten his wife with the unloaded
shotgun. He had no intention to murder
her. Therefore the killing of
appeared to he an accident; that is, if the
on had heman accidentally loaded.
The continuing investigation turned up a
witness who saw the old couple' s son
loading the shotgun about prior
tit -theavatar accident." _ transpired that
the old my had tut off her son' s
financial support and the !.iial, knowing
at his father to use the
shotgun m. caterings kaii.. t. e. d. the gun
with that his father
Since thejoz. therof the gun . srware of
this._'_ he was guilty. of the' murder _ayan
he dii. i. n. h actually pull the trigger.
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