Autopsy: Bullet Stayed Lodged in Taylor's Leg

By Amy Shipley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 8, 2008

The bullet that killed Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor Nov. 27 entered his right and left legs and remained lodged in his left thigh until it was removed by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department, an assistant medical examiner wrote in the Dec. 21 autopsy report that was released yesterday.

The police report and Taylor's attorney Richard Sharpstein had previously described only a wound to Taylor's upper right leg.

Taylor, 24, died a day after intruders broke into his Miami home and opened fire after being startled to find Taylor and his girlfriend there, according to Miami-Dade County police. Four men from Fort Myers, Fla., have been charged with first-degree felony murder and armed burglary and are scheduled to go to trial in April.

The autopsy report was released as part of discovery in the case, which is being heard in Miami-Dade County circuit court.

Associate medical examiner Satish Chundru concluded that a bullet pierced the muscles and soft tissue in Taylor's right groin region and perforated the right femoral artery before traveling down and through the thigh and exiting 35 inches above the bottom of his right heel. The bullet reentered Taylor's left thigh 34 inches above the bottom of the left heel, the report said.

The bullet, which was not identified, was found under the skin of the lower left thigh, the report said. It was placed in an envelope and turned over to authorities.

The report noted that Taylor's body had swelled greatly and that internal bleeding was concentrated in his chest and abdomen. It also said he had no narcotics in his system.

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