Autopsy results show zero evidence of alcohol or drugs in Bear Heels body
Forensic pathology reports shown in court Tuesday said Zachary Bear Heels had faint red, blotchy marks and two puncture wounds on his stomach and inner thigh.
Jurors saw pictures of those marks with the cuts and bruises, all pieces of the puzzle Forensic Pathologist Michelle Elieff had to put together to figure out exactly how Zachary Bear Heels died.
“I did see injuries on his body, but not to the degree that could cause death.” said Elieff
Elieff also told jurors tests showed there was no alcohol or drugs in bear heels system, only nicotine.
Her final diagnosis of Bear Heels is sudden death, associated with excited delirium.
Taser instructor, Mandee Kampbell, testified that officers don’t have specific limits to the number of times they can tase someone, they’re told to use their judgement.
"It gives new officers the opportunity to learn other forms of force or other responses of resistance before just resorting to the taser." said Kampbell.
Kampbell also testified that Scotty Payne was in her class and explained officers experience a lot more stress on the street than in the classroom. She said those officers have to feel for themselves what it’s like to be tased.
"Part of receiving the voluntary exposure is so that you know how the taser works and how it feels so if you do encounter someone who is experiencing some agitated, chaotic event, you can make that decision for them, 'okay this isn't working," said Kampbell. "I'm not going to continue to expose them to this because its being ineffective on them, you want to make that decision for them."
A chief learning officer said even if the taser never touches anyone, it still records that it’s in use. We will continue to hear more from his testimony on Wednesday morning.
Defense attorney Steve Lefler tried to dismiss Payne's case today. The judge declined his suggestion.