Forensic pathologist takes witness stand in day 3 of Clifford Brewer trial

Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 4:56 PM CDT
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PONTIAC (25 News Now) - New evidence is stacking up against a murder suspect, as day three closes on a Livingston County murder trial.

The prosecution continued to call witnesses against Clifford Brewer of Cullom, accused of killing his wife, son, and a family friend on Christmas Day in 2019. Wednesday morning, the prosecution called Dr. Scott Denton to the witness stand, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsies on Shirley Brewer, Christian Brewer, and Norman Walker after their deaths.

Prosecutors showed images taken over the course Dr. Denton’s death investigation to the jury, including images of the victims’ bodies accompanied by observations from the reports. According to Denton, the gunshot wounds didn’t suggest they could have been self-inflicted, meaning it’s likely none of these deaths were suicides.

One of the defense’s main arguments states Shirley Brewer killed her son Christian and neighbor Norman Walker before killing herself, instead of Clifford Brewer. During the cross-examination, Dr. Denton was asked several questions regarding the basis of the defense’s argument, including whether he knew of the possibility Shirley was experiencing self-destructive thinking.

“Were you aware that she expressed suicidal thoughts?” asked one of the defense attorneys, to which Denton responded, “No.”

At a different point, Dr. Denton said all evidence examined during the autopsy process concluded there were no usual indicators of suicidal actions.

“The coroner and I concluded that all the deaths were homicides,” he added.

Toxicology reports indicate Shirley Brewer also had a combination of substances in her body at the time of death, including alcohol, nicotine, fentanyl and oxycodone.

The trial resumes at 9:00 AM Thursday.

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