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Michael Brown Family Coroner Called Before Ferguson Case Grand Jury

Dr. Michael Baden said his independent examination of the teen's body showed he was shot six times and there was no sign of struggle.

The medical examiner hired by Ferguson police-shooting victim Michael Brown's family to examine his body has been called before the grand jury deciding whether indict the cop who killed the teen, their attorney said Wednesday. Lawyer Anthony Gray said the legal team would not comment further on the unusual development until after Dr. Michael Baden is done testifying before the panel.

Baden, a high-profile coroner-for-hire, performed one of three examinations of Brown's body and concluded that he was shot at least six times. The last bullet fired — which struck the top of Brown's head — killed Brown, according to Baden. Baden also said he had found no signs of a struggle between the black teenager and the white officer, Darren Wilson — even though police and witnesses described a physical confrontation before the shooting.

A report of the official autopsy, which was leaked to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, suggested that Brown was shot at close range and may have grabbed for the officer's gun, experts told the newspaper last month. The Justice Department also examined Brown's body, but those results have not been made public.

Bracing for possible unrest after the grand jury makes its decision, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said this week that he has put the National Guard on call and warned that "violence will not be tolerated." Brown's parents are in Geneva to speak to the United National Committee Against Torture about their son's case.


— Ron Allen and Tracy Connor