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Federal autopsy finds Michael Brown's cause of death 'homicide'

"The manner of death is homicide," the federal autopsy report concludes.

By Matt Bradwell
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Federal autopsy finds Michael Brown's cause of death 'homicide'
A preliminary autopsy report from August 18, 2014 conducted by the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, shows that Brown was shot six times and the wound to the head was most likely the shot that killed him. Brown was shot by a St. Louis County officer after a struggle for the officers weapon and fight on August 9, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

FERGUSON, Mo., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch released the results of Michael Brown's federal autopsy, finding the teen died from close-range gunshot wounds to the head and had marijuana in his system at the time of incident.

The autopsy, the third performed on Brown, was conducted by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System at the request of the Justice Department.

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The report ultimately classifies Brown's death as a homicide, echoing the findings of local investigators and an independent medical examination commissioned by Brown's parents.

"This 18-year-old male died from multiple gunshot wounds," reads the federal report's opinion.

"There are severe injuries of the skull, brain, and right chest. The gunshot wounds of the right chest may represent re-entry wounds from the exiting gunshot woulds to the right arm and/or right forehead. Gross and microscopic examinations of the tangential gunshot wound to the right hand reveal with strong likelihood the presence of soot (an indication of close range discharge of a firearm). There is no evidence of close range discharge of a firearm elsewhere. The postmortem toxicology screen is positive for cannabinoids. The manner of death is homicide."

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