Joshua Morrison/News Kevin Remillard uses a disposable cup Thursday to demonstrate how he and his cousin, Nick Remillard, were handling a pistol prior to Nick being shot.

Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News

Kevin Remillard uses a disposable cup Thursday to demonstrate how he and his cousin, Nick Remillard, were handling a pistol prior to Nick being shot. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — A close-range gunshot caused 20-year-old Nick Remillard to bleed to death July 10, 2017, according to medical testimony, but how or why the shot was fired by Kevin Remillard will be up to the jury to determine.

Licking County Deputy Coroner Dr. Jeff Lee testified Thursday in Knox County Common Pleas Court the fatal bullet struck Nick’s left cheek, traveled through the jaw and neck muscle, then hit the jugular vein. It “was not a quick death” for Nick, Lee said, as it would have taken about 4-10 minutes to bleed to death from the injury to the jugular.

Lee said that powder burns, also called stippling, were present in a pattern starting just below Nick’s eyebrow on down to his neck. This meant the shot was fired from 3 feet away or less, Lee said, adding stippling was on Nick’s left eyelid, meaning Nick’s eye was closed when the shot was fired.

 

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