The Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas released the autopsy reports for the nine men killed as a result of the Twin Peaks Massacre on My 17. A cursory examination of the 91 pages of documents reveals no smoking gun. The forensic evidence appears to contradict some witness accounts of what happened that day.
A brief summary of the autopsies results follows.
Daniel Raymond Boyett died of a two gunshot wounds to the head. Both were made by copper jacketed bullets. One of the head shot was on top of the head and the other was to the back of the head. “Additional copper jacket and lead fragments” were recovered. “The direction of the bullet” was “downward, right to left and back to front.” The fatal shot left “a round, 1/4 inch in diameter gunshot wound. Entrance is on the left temporal scalp, 3 inches below the top of the head.” Boyett also had contusions and abrasions that appear to indicate that had had been in a fight. The autopsy also describes a deep graze bullet wound on the left side of his abdomen. All three wounds appear to have been made with copper jacketed bullets. There is no evidence that the bullets were fired at close range.
Someone tried to save Jacob Lee Rhyne’s life. He had bruising consistent with efforts to resuscitate him. He was shot in the neck and the back by copper jacketed bullets. He was also shot in the lower abdomen. The abdominal wound also came from a copper jacket bullet, His fatal wounds were not fired from close range.
Charles Wayne Russell was shot once in about the middle of his chest by “a medium caliber, minimally deformed. copper jacketed…The base of the bullet is inscribed “15-08020” over “JU.”
Manuel Issac Rodriguez was shot twice, over the right eyebrow and the back. He appears not to have been shot at close range. He was shot with “apparent medium caliber, jacketed” bullets.
Matthew Mark Smith was shot in the back from a distance with a “markedly deformed, medium-caliber, jacketed projectile.” He was also shot in the abdomen.
Richard Matthew Jordan, II also died of a gunshot wound to the back of his head from a medium to large caliber, partially jacketed” bullet.
Richard Vincent Kirschner, Jr. died of three bullet wounds to his rear, lower extremities. He was also shot from a distance.
Jesus Delgado Rodriguez was shot in the face. A copper jacketed, slightly deforned, medium-caliber projectile” was recovered from his scalp. The base of the bullet was inscribed “with 15-8021 over CS.” He was also shot in the back.
Wayne Lee Campbell was shot in the face by a bullet that exited and reentered his chest.