Fatal stabbing victim Susie Elko suffered 10 wounds, including two that would have likely killed her immediately, a pathologist testified Tuesday.
And Dr. Bamadele Adeagbo said another injury, if it hadn’t killed her, would have left the Calgary woman a quadriplegic.
Adeagbo said two of the wounds to Elko’s neck, which were inflicted from behind, severed her jugular veins on either side and her windpipe.
And the deep stab wound to the right side of her body, shown to jurors and on courtroom video screens, not only cut through her jugular and trachea, it also severed her carotid artery, Adeagbo testified.
The assistant chief medical examiner for the province conducted an autopsy on Elko, 39, the day after she was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend, then-24-year-old Scott Monroe Ferguson.
Ferguson is charged with second-degree murder in Elko’s Sept. 14, 2014, death.
Adeagbo said he numbered the stab wounds on Elko’s neck and the back of her head from one to 10, nine of which were on her right side.
But the pathologist said those numbers wouldn’t indicate the order in which the wounds were inflicted.
“The number does not mean that number one was the first injury,” he said, before detailing each of the wounds which were inflicted on the deceased.
He said the second injury he examined was 11 cm deep, “cutting the spinal cord.
“The spinal cord at that level of the neck was transected,” Adeagbo told Crown prosecutor Jonathan Hak.
“This has the potential to be immediately fatal,” the doctor explained.
“If she had survived she would be quadriplegic.”
Another serious injury was a 9 cm deep cut, labeled wound number four.
“This wound also cut through the skin, the underlying muscle and transected the jugular vein on that side,” he said.
“The jugular vein is a major vein, or a major vascular channel that take blood from the brain … back to the heart.
“That wound also intersected the right carotid artery,” he said.
“The carotid artery is the major vessel that carries blood from the heart to the brain.
“In addition … this injury also perforated the trachea.”
That injury also could have been immediately fatal, Adeagbo said.
“It not only compromised the blood supply, it also compromised the ability to even breathe.”
The final injury Adeagbo explained was a large gash to the left side of Elko’s neck, which also had a direction from back to front.
“This wound would be fatal,” he said of the cut which severed the woman’s left jugular and her windpipe.
He said toxicology tests showed Elko had been consuming alcohol, cocaine and marijuana leading up to her death.
In cross-examination, defence lawyer Balfour Der suggested the 10 wounds could have been inflicted quickly.
“These 10 wounds could be inflicted in just a matter of seconds … it could be less than 1o seconds to do that?” Der said.
“I don’t know how fast anybody could do that … it’s possible,” Adeagbo said.
Meanwhile, Hak played for jurors portions of video taken from CCTV cameras in the Mission building where the couple lived.
The clips showed the couple leaving the building at 9:12 a.m. carrying fishing poles and returning around 11:20 a.m.
Fourteen minutes later an individual with their jacket hood over their head is seen quickly leaving the apartment building.
The trial continues on Wednesday.
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