Limberios shooting saga
May 23, 2013 at 4:17 PM
Jacob Limberios might have committed suicide, accidentally.
That's the finding from Lucas County deputy coroner Cynthia Beisser, who performed an autopsy on Jacob's body on May 2, about 14 months after he was killed.
"The manner of death, as you know, has to do with the circumstances surrounding the death," Beisser wrote in the report. "It is not determined at the autopsy table, but by investigation of the death scene and putting together all of the available information concerning the death. In this case you must put the autopsy finding together with the scene investigation and the ancillary laboratory studies. However, the autopsy studies are not inconsistent with the original ruling of suicide."
Beisser determined that Sandusky County sheriff's deputies might have made the right call when they told Sandusky County coroner John Wukie Jacob had committed suicide but it might have been accidental. That original finding came less than three hours after Jacob was killed and Wukie went with that ruling without ever examining the body, the location where he was killed or talking to witnesses.
Jacob was with friends for a social gathering on March 2, 2012, inside a Clyde home when he was killed. His family and people who knew Jacob, and three witnesses inside the home when he was killed, all said he showed no signs of depression or gave any indication he was troubled. Jacob was a father to a three-year-old daughter.
Jacob's parents, Mike and Shannon Limberios, repeatedly asked Wukie and county officials to order an autopsy after Jacob was killed, but they eventually obtained a private autopsy after county officials stopped responding to their inquiries. Pittsburgh forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht conducted an autopsy in September and determined Jacob was the victim of a homicide.
While tentatively confirming the initial finding by deputies that it was an accidental suicide, Beisser concluded they were wrong about which hand Jacob was using to hold the gun and which side of the head he shot.
The EMS reports, witness statements, deputy reports and Dr. Wecht all states that Jacob was shot in the left side of the head.
Beisser concluded he was shot in the right side of his head and that was indicated by the "beveling" of the skull bone from the wounds.
"Here, in fact, the true nature of the wounds in this case is revealed. The entrance and exit gunshot wounds are still well defined in the skull bones," Beisser wrote.
Special prosecutor Dean Henry, who released the report to the Register on Wednesday, declined to comment on the autopsy or the inaccuracies in the statements about where Jacob was shot. The Register incorrectly reported earlier today that Henry had not released the report to the Register.
Limberios family attorney Dan McGookey said Biesser's finding that Jacob was shot in the right side of the head is the first suggestion of that kind and it flies in the face of the scientific evidence.
"I'm not a forensics expert, but everyone, to a person, said the entrance wound was on the left side. The forensic evidence doesn't seem to even allow for a reasonable debate about which was the entrance and which was the exit wound," McGookey said.
Dr. Cyril Wecht was not immediately available for comment.