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Dr. Melissa Sims

Regional Medical Examiner

Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI)

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI)

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Dr. Melissa Sims, a forensic ... [cached]

Dr. Melissa Sims, a forensic pathologist for the GBI, testified that the complex skull fracture and related injuries were consistent with having been inflicted.

Sims also testified that the injuries were such that the child would have showed symptoms of immediate lethargy and unconsciousness.
Sims testified that the injuries the baby received could not have been incurred from a fall of less than 15 feet.

Macon Telegraph | 02/15/2005 | Testimony wraps up state's case in Hurst murder trial [cached]

The state wrapped up it's case Monday with four final witnesses, including GBI medical examiner Melissa Sims.She testified Hawkins received between 37 to 39 stab wounds and blunt force trauma wounds to the face.She said Hawkins also had defensive wounds on her hands where she tried to fight off her attacker.

"She had 14 wounds to the hands," Sims said."This is consistent with someone who is trying to fend off their attacker."
She said the autopsy showed Hawkins died after bleeding out from a stab wound to the arm.
"I can't give you the exact length of time that she could have lived with that stab wound," Sims said."But it could be anywhere from several minutes to 10 minutes at the most."
Sims said Christopher - who was just 4 feet 7 inches tall and weighed 64 pounds - received a 6-inch cut to the throat and several cuts to the head and groin area.
Several jurors appeared upset when Sims testified about the autopsies and several family members of the victim had to leave the room.

The autopsy, which was conducted by ... [cached]

The autopsy, which was conducted by GBI Regional Medical Examiner Dr. Melissa Sims, found that the boy died from "sudden unexplained infant death associated with bed sharing," Galpin said.

Sims listed the manner of death as "undetermined," Galpin said.

Melissa Sims, the medical ... [cached]

Melissa Sims, the medical examiner who examined Hardman's body, testified Wednesday that she found soot around the gunshot wound on the back of Hardman's head. The soot shows the shot was fired with the muzzle of the gun within a few tenths of an inch of her head.

Sims said she found evidence of a pregnancy that had progressed between one and two weeks beyond embryo fertilization.
A forensic biologist testified she tried to test the embryo for DNA, but the embryo was too young.

Dr. Melissa Sims, a GBI ... [cached]

Dr. Melissa Sims, a GBI forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy, testified that the baby's injuries were not consistent with an accidental fall.

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