The Latest: the Defense questions the autopsy on the Chicago teenager

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dijk listens during the fourth day of his first degree murder trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton criminal court Building on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

CHICAGO – The Latest news about the murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Van Dijk in the shooting of teen Laquan McDonald (all times are local):

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Defense attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald raise questions about the completeness of the autopsy.

Forensic pathologist Shaku Teas was the first witness called as Jason Van Dijk lawyers began presenting the defense on Monday. Van Dijk shot McDonald 16 times.

Cook County chief medical examiner testified last week that it is impossible to determine the exact order of the wounds.

But Tea testified that a shot to McDonald’s neck was the first or second shot. She says that it was dismissed when he is still capable of.

She is of the opinion that the fourth shot hit McDonald’s on the right of the chest and left him to die quickly. She says that the wound was in accordance with McDonald is put in the direction of the officer when he was shot.

Video shows Van Dijk continued to fire at McDonald after the 17-year-old to the ground.


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Defense attorneys in Chicago Police Officer Jason van Dijk Of the murder trial are about to begin with the calling of the witnesses, and the big question is whether Van Dyke will testify.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday, and the judge told jurors that the officer’s lawyers will begin presenting their defense Monday morning. Van Dijk, who is white , is not required to testify, but he has the right to stand for his version of what happened on Oct. 20, 2014, when he shot black teen Laquan McDonald 16 times.

The other question is whether and which of the officers at the scene of the defense will call to testify. Prosecutors multiple previous week , but others, including two charged with trying to cover up what happened to protect Dike, not testified to.

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