Sheriff Bill Gores press conference. Wednesday. November 16, 2011 Sheriff Bill Gore, Dr. Jonathan Lucas, (Medical Examiner) and Mike Grubb, Director, San Diego Sheriffs Department, Crime Lab http://www.760kfmb.com/story/16068012/mixed-dna-all-over-zahau-death-scene-some-evidence-not-tested I thought I would start a thread for a response to the information presented at the presss conference. Here is an exchange between a reporter and Jonathan Lucas regarding the head injuries on RZ: Lucas: Evidence at the scene supports and the bindings support the notion that she leaned over the balcony shifted her body weight over and went over in that fashion and you can imagine that she would be going with her head down or at least sideways. Its my thought that one of those impacts on the head was probably from the edge of the balcony as she went over. There were 4 impacts, one of them was two inches by one inch, thats the one that I think was probably from going over the balcony, the three others were smaller than a nickel, not only did they not represent enough force to cause unconsciousness they may not have even given her a headache, these were small injuries. I do not know exactly how they happened, but they were minor and inconsequential. Reporter: Could the 2 x 1 inch injury have caused unconsciousness? Lucas: I dont know. Reporter: You are aware that the balcony has no lip that sticks out, right, there is nothing to hit on the way down, because there is no lip that sticks out beyond the railing. Lucas: I still think that she could have hit, the railing, there is spaces between the railing. I think she could have gotten her head on the edge, it may not stick out, but there is still space for her to get her head in there. Reporter: Do you think its unlikely that after she went down and became vertical, maybe the swing a little bit, it would be unlikely for her to hit her head at that point? Lucas: I think thats a possibility One other option was when she was cut down there may have been possibly an impact in that way, it could have bled a little bit, even post mortem you can get a little bleeding after death. Three options are presented as the possible cause of the head injuries. 1. Impact with the railing. 2. Presumably, although not specified, impact with something else such as the house by virtue of some sort of swing motion. 3. Presumably, although not specified, impact with something else such as the table or ground when RZ was cut down by AS. I will start with the first point, impact with the railing. I find this ridiculous, and I cant believe that Lucas seriously believes this. If he does than why dont they do an animation of how this allegedly happened. They wont because there is nothing in the trajectory of RZs fall that would account for the head injuries. With respect to the second point, the house was two feet away from the plane of RZs fall, there would have to be a serious swing motion for her to travel to the point of impact. I can see no likely interaction that would lead to a swing of that length. Even had such a swing occurred, the rope would have held her head away from any impact with the house. It is completely inconceivable that the top of RZs head could impact anything once under tension from the rope. In terms of the last point, this should not even be discussed because how is it that the investigators would not have asked AS what his specific actions were as he cut RZ down and how she was moved to the final location on the grass, not to mention if he allowed her to drop rather than holding her up. And again, all of these possibilities would need to account for four separate injuries, not just one. Furthermore, as has been mentioned previously, where are the injuries to RZs face and torso? Why are there numerous abrasions to RZs back and just two to the back of her arms?