Medical examiner testifies in SPU shooting trial

Elisa Hahn reports

Jurors in the Seattle Pacific University shooting trial had a tough job Monday. They had to review autopsy evidence for the student who died that day, Paul Lee.

King County Medical Examiner Dr. Richard Haruff performed the autopsy on Lee, who was shot outside of Otto Miller Hall.

Haruff estimated the gunman was standing about 6 feet away from Lee when he fired the shotgun into the back of his neck.

He showed jurors the shotgun pellets in the x-ray.

"Everything is normal except all these white dots that are scattered throughout, from the back of the neck all the way through the front of the face."

Next week jurors will take a trip to Otto Miller Hall to see where the shootings took place as part of the prosecutions case.

Defendant Aaron Ybarra waived his right to be part of the visit.

Ybarra, 29, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the shooting that killed 19-year-old Paul Lee and wounded two others.

KING 5's Elisa Hahn is covering the trial, which is expected to last up to two months. Note: App users can view her updates on the trial here (link to Storify page).
 

Previous coverage:

Court releases video from SPU shooting showing student's heroic actions

Seattle Pacific University reflects on anniversary of campus shooting

Journal entries by accused SPU shooter released

Jon Meis honored for ending SPU shooting

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