Courtland Smith autopsy documents amended

October 22, 2009 12:22:01 PM PDT
The Medical Examiners Office has gone back and revised documents in the autopsy of slain UNC fraternity president Courtland Smith. Language referring to death due to alcoholism and depression have been crossed out.Eyewitness News obtained a copy of the new report from the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill Thursday. The original copy of the report, released on October 15, clearly lists causes of death as multiple gunshot wounds, alcoholism and depression.

Click here to read the report (.pdf - caution, graphic content)

The medical examiner also wrote on the original report that Smith had spoken to friends and mentioned committing suicide before his death on the morning of August 23.

The revised report has the words alcoholism and depression crossed out. In addition to those changes, there is a notation at the bottom of the document stating there is no evidence to support alcoholism or depression but that Smith called 911 on the morning of his death and told an operator he had a gun in his vehicle.

Click here to read the revised autopsy report (.pdf - caution, graphic content)

Eyewitness News contacted the medical examiner's office, but it is not commenting on the revisions at this time. However, when the autopsy was first released, friends of the Smith family complained about the details that are now scratched off.

The name of an officer identified on the original report as the shooter also is scratched off of the newest report.

Smith was the chapter president of the UNC-Chapel Hill Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. On the morning of August 23, he called 911 and told a dispatcher he had a gun in his car and was feeling suicidal.

An emergency operator talked to Smith as he admittedly drove in excess of 100 mph while traveling on I-85 through Guilford and Randolph counties.

Click here to listen to the recording

The Archdale Police Department was dispatched to find Smith. They eventually stopped him on Exit 108 in Randolph County. It was during that stop that Smith was shot multiple times. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity issued a statement Thursday after the release of the amended autopsy report.

We are pleased that the Chief State Medical Examiner has amended Courtland Smith's autopsy report and deleted statements that did not accurately reflect the behavior of the man we knew prior to the early morning of his tragic death.

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