Ampatuan lawyer suggests metal fragments recovered from two victims came from surgery, not guns

Paris Real, a defense lawyer in the Ampatuan murder trial, has raised the possibility that the metal fragments recovered from two victims in the Maguindanao massacre came from "surgical operations" and not guns.

At the trial yesterday, Real said drivers Rasul Daud and Norton Edsa underwent surgery before the massacre in November 2009, reports GMA News. The lawyer, who is defending Datukan Malang Salibo, said such operations might have required inserting metal implants in the victims’ bodies.

Ruperto Sumbilon, the National Bureau of Investigation medico-legal expert who conducted the autopsies on the bodies of Daud and Edsa, said he did not ask the two victims’ families about the surgeries. Earlier, he testified that Daud and Edsa died of multiple gunshot wounds sustained from a high-powered firearm, reports Inquirer.net.

Yesterday, Real tried to ask Sumbilon if he could differentiate a bullet fragment from a metal implant but the prosecution lawyers objected, according to GMA News. "I am not a ballistician," Inquirer.net quoted Sumbilon.

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