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Single stab wound was fatal blow in man's death, court hears

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A stab wound to the back of Solomon Turner’s thigh caused him to bleed to death within 30 minutes.

A medical examiner who testified at the Wanda Bruce murder trial this morning said there were 9 stab wounds in Turner’s legs but only one was the fatal blow.

Dr. John Younes said Turner likely would have bled to death within five to 30 minutes of receiving the fatal injury.

Bruce, 34, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder for Turner’s death.

Turner, 46, was found in the basement of a rooming house on Austin Street on May 10, 2011.

Bruce was the second person charged in connection with Turner’s death. Lloyd Lindsay, 50, was also charged with second-degree murder but later pleaded guilty to manslaughter in provincial court and was given an eight-year sentence.

Lindsay is expected to testify later this afternoon.

Court was told Monday that police found 22 empty bottles of beer, sherry, rum and mouthwash — often used as an alcohol substitute by those who cannot afford alcohol — littered throughout the rooming house.

Younes testified this morning that Turner’s blood-alcohol level was .253, adding he had been a chronic alcohol abuser.

Younes said that Turner’s body was covered with bruises and old scars, and that he had several broken bones, adding he concluded that he had led "a rough-tumble life."

While Turner had stab wounds in his legs, Younes said there were no signs of defensive wounds on his body.


Updated on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM CDT: Corrects typo.

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