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Pathologist: Former Tehachapi Prison employee found with 11 bullets in his body

Posted at 1:12 PM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 16:15:05-04

More details are being learned about the deadly shooting that took the life of former Tehachapi Prison employee Edwin Lima.

On Friday, during the first-degree murder trial for Rigoberto Sanchez, who was also a Tehachapi Prison employee, a forensic pathologist was questioned about the death of Lima.

During questioning, Dr. Eugene Carpenter said Lima's body was found with as many as 25 entrance wounds to his body, but only 11 bullets were found in Lima. 

Carpenter said some of the bullets may have ricocheted back into Lima's body, increasing the number of entrance wounds to his body.

Of those, Lima suffered three gunshot wounds to his head, along with an additional projectile. It's not known what the projectile was. Carpenter said one bullet entered Lima's left jaw and hit his brain stem. Carpenter said that likely caused Lima's instant death. 

The prosecution suggested Sanchez shot LIma in the head then shot down into Lima, who was face down on the ground.