KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A pregnant 16-year-old girl found dead with a concrete block on her chest suffered severe injuries to her head and face, a forensic pathologist has testified.
Dr. Gilles Molgat said CJ Fowler's skull was caved in on the right side and her jaw was smashed.
B.C. Supreme Court heard the 25-kilogram block had blood on it, leading Molgat to believe it caused most of her injuries.
Fowler's boyfriend, Damien Taylor, now 24, has been charged with second-degree murder in her death on Dec. 5, 2012.
Crown lawyer Alexandra Janse focused on a linear tearing of the skin and tissue on Fowler's face.
"That implies a long object with a bit of an edge, without being sharp," Molgat said Wednesday.
Court heard police seized a mechanic's tool called a breaker bar, similar to a socket wrench used to free seized bolts, from Taylor's backpack.
Lab tests of the breaker bar revealed Fowler's DNA was on it.
Despite suggestions that it could have been used to inflict the facial injury, Molgat said it may also have involved the edge of the concrete block.
Molgat said he believes Fowler died from asphyxiation after her tongue was pushed and trapped in her airway.
She was found near a trail with her legs crossed, what Molgat called an "odd" position.
"It was most likely she was sitting cross legged and either laid backwards or fell backwards," he said.
Kyle Kuzyk testified that his dog led him to Fowler's body at about 1 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2012.
Kuzyk said he thought he was looking at a pile of clothes but quickly realized it was a First Nations girl clad in a tank top with clothes around her.
Two other people arrived and called 911.
Fowler and Taylor were last seen in the early-morning hours of the same day at Royal Inland Hospital, where they had gone after Fowler felt chest pains from crystal meth use.
At the hospital, an emergency doctor told Taylor and Fowler that she was pregnant. Tests later showed Taylor was the father.
Following her death, Taylor caught the noon bus north toward Terrace and was questioned by police in Prince George, where RCMP put him up in a hotel.
Police searched his room and found socks with Fowler's blood on them, the trial has heard. (Kamloops This Week)
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