Windsor Star

Aorta cut, trial told

- SARAH SACHELI ssacheli@windsorsta­r.com or

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.

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