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Sandusky County detective details findings

Emil Whitis • Apr 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Detective O'Connell talked at length Thursday about his conclusions in the investigation of the March 2012 death of Jacob Limberios during a meeting with Jacob's friend Brady Gasser. A recording of that conversation can be linked to from sanduskyregister.com, or found at the Justice for Jake page.

Click here to link to the recording.

O'Connell provided some misinformation on the science, according to forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, when he talked to Gasser, who with friends started the Justice for Jake Facebook page and are planning a protest at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Sandusky County courthouse in Fremont. 

The Limberios family and supporters contend Sandusky County officials are refusing to properly review evidence that has been provided and have asked for an independent investigation by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. 

Wecht contends the tissue evidence from an autopsy he conducted on Jacob's body "incontrovertibly" shows that Jacob was not holding the gun when he was killed. He has challenged Sandusky County officials to offer a competent scientific analysis to disprove that conclusion. 

O'Connell showed a lack of understanding of basic pathology, DNA evidence and other issues, Wecht told viewers during a live segment of the local talk program "Between the Lines." He offered the following responses to O'Connell's comments during the program, which is available for demand viewing at sanduskyregister.com.

Here are some of the comments from that program in response to statements made by O'Connell: 

Cause of death

O'Connell: Jacob's death was the result of a self-inflicted gun shot wound; "a very unfortunate accident." 

Wecht: It was a homicide.

On DNA evidence

O'Connell: If DNA from the hair and blood found on the gun matches Jacob's we'll have strong evidence that it's a self-inflicted wound. 

Wecht: Blood and hair on the gun does not prove that.

O'Connell: We know who held the gun last. We can tell that by DNA evidence. 

Wecht: That's impossible. DNA doesn't overlap nor does it leave any sort of time signature.

On tissue evidence

O'Connell: Gunpowder burning, or stippling, to Jacob's scalp was "washed away" during the embalming process. 

Wecht: Stippling is like a tattoo and no amount of washing can take it away.

O'Connell: The evidentiary value of a tissue sample provided by Wecht was destroyed because it was stored in formaldehyde. 

Wecht: Formaldehyde didn't destroy any evidence. It's standard practice to store tissue samples in formaldehyde.

Click here to read past stories. 

Click here for more information about the planned protest at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Sandusky County Courthouse.

Get Sunday's Register to learn what else public officials said, and didn't say, about the latest findings in the criminal investigation of the death of Jacob Limberios and find out what O'Connell said about butting heads at the Sandusky County sheriff's department. Click here for the ePaper, for home delivery or buy a Register daily at a newsstand near you.

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