Chavis Carter Case: Medical Examiner Rules Handcuffed Man's Death Was Suicide | Roland Martin Reports

Chavis Carter Case: Medical Examiner Rules Handcuffed Man’s Death Was Suicide

Source: Julia Dahl / CBS News

JONESBORO, Ark. – An Arkansas medical examiner has ruled that Chavis Carter, the 21-year-old man who sustained a gunshot wound to the head while handcuffed in the back of a police car, died from suicide.

According to the report by Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Stephen A. Erickson of the Arkansas State Crime Lab, the bullet that killed Carter entered his skull near his right temple, four inches from the top of his head.

“At the time of discharge, the muzzle of the gun was placed against the right temporal scalp,” wrote Erickson.

He went on to state that, “The manner of death is based on both autopsy findings and the investigative conclusions of the Jonesboro Police Department.”

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  • WTH, how was this a suicide….when he was suppose to have been search twice. Somebody please explain this to me…….

  • “The manner of death is based on both autopsy findings and the investigative conclusions of the Jonesboro Police Department.”
    Wait, so now the testimony of police, a potentially biased party in this case, is enough to rule this as a suicide? Even taking into account the fact that there was no one else but the victim and the policemen at the scene of the crime?

    This simply cannot be tolerated. Not in this century, and not in this supposedly just country.