Yacoub was questioned about each injury found on Strozewski’s body, which ranged from cuts and abrasions to deep stab penetrations upon external examination. During internal examination, she also found fractures on a portion of the victim’s Adam’s apple and two ribs.
There were also several organs injured, including two stab wounds to the right lung, five stab wounds to the diaphragm, nine stab wounds to the liver and a stab wound to the spleen. Strozewski’s kidney had been surgically removed, so she said she could not testify as to whether it had sustained injuries, and there was also a suture in his colon, which may have sustained a stab wound injury, she said.
The length of the wounds ranged from a little less than an inch to a little less than two inches, and the depth of the wounds ranged from less than a half-inch to four inches, she said.
Yacoub counted 41 entry wounds to the body, but only 38 qualified as stab wounds. The other three wounds were not deep enough to qualify as stab wounds because they were not deeper than the length of the injury on the skin’s surface, she said.
The pathologist also was shown the serrated knife found in Strozewski’s downstairs bathroom, which she said could have caused the injuries. The injury patterns on the victim’s body were consistent with the patterns the knife could have left.
Yacoub ruled Strozewski’s cause of death to be multiple stab wounds and manner of death to be homicide.
The trial will be in recess until 9 a.m. today in Balkman’s courtroom at the Cleveland County Courthouse.
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