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Christopher Vaughn Trial: Day 12

Updated: October 7, 2012 8:09AM

Christopher Vaughn Trial: Day 12

◆ Forensic pathologist Larry Blum testified in detail about how the bullets that killed Christopher Vaughn’s wife and three children traveled through their bodies. He didn’t offer an opinion about the manner of their deaths — homicide, suicide or otherwise — but admitted to Vaughn’s defense attorney he couldn’t rule out suicide in the case of Vaughn’s 34-year-old wife, Kimberly.

◆ On cross examination, Blum said Kimberly Vaughn’s toxicology report show she had the anti-seizure medicine Topamax and the anti-depressant drug Nortriptyline in her body when she died. The amount of Nortriptyline found in Kimberly’s system was just at toxic levels, Blum said. He said he believed it was part of her therapy for migraines.

◆ Prosecutors sought to undercut the idea that Kimberly Vaughn was suicidal and would kill her children, putting some of her friends on the witness stand to testify how much she loved her family. Friend Alyson Mals called her “the perfect mom” and said she “had the biggest heart in the world.”

◆ THURSDAY: Blum is set to continue his testimony.

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