Aorta cut, trial told
Nicholas Ingram had marijuana and the equivalent of 8½ beers in his system when he was fatally stabbed in the heart outside a Wyandotte Street strip club last year, a Superior Court jury heard Thursday.
Toxicologist Jean-Paul Palmentier testified Thursday at the trial of Kenyatta O’Neil Brown. Brown, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in Ingram’s July 21, 2009, stabbing death.
Palmentier tested Ingram’s blood and urine from samples collected at hospital and at his autopsy a day later. From the readings of the drug and alcohol tests, he was able to extrapolate how much of the substances the 24-year-old man would have had in his system at the time of his death.
The autopsy samples were collected by Dr. Elena Tugaleva, a pathologist at the London Health Sciences Centre. Tugaleva testified that her examination of Ingram’s body showed a gaping, triangle-shaped wound to the right side of his chest.
The wound went through Ingram’s aorta, an injury which he could not have survived.
Ingram, who stood six foot and 3½ inches and weighed 237 pounds, also had what the doctor described as “defensive wounds” to his right hand. On the palm of his right hand were two superficial cuts that would have been made by a sharp object like a knife blade.
Defence lawyer Maria Carroccia suggested Ingram may have been holding a knife himself and that the wounds would have been caused when someone removed the weapon from his hand as he lay unconscious on the ground. The doctor said that scenario was possible.
The trial is expected to last five weeks.