AUSTIN, Texas -- An autopsy report was obtained that shows an Austin police officer's gun muzzle was imprinted in the back of the neck of a man he fatally shot last year.
The autopsy report for Larry Eugene Jackson also shows he had other injuries, including fractured ribs and bruises, but it was not clear whether those injuries arose from a struggle with Detective Charles Kleinert moments before his death.
The autopsy report remains confidential, but likely will be used in the upcoming criminal trial against Kleinert, who a Travis County grand jury indicted last week on a manslaughter charge.
Kleinert's attorney, Randy Leavitt, said the report highlights the intensity of the struggle between the two men, but an attorney for Jackson's parents said it demonstrates excessive force.
“There is nothing in this autopsy report that is inconsistent with what actually happened,” Kleinert defense attorney Randy Leavitt said Wednesday. “The gun went off while Jackson was struggling with Detective Kleinert as he was attempting to make a lawful arrest."
Kleinert has said the shooting was accidental. He chased Jackson after police have said Jackson fled Kleinert, who attempted to question him at a Central Austin bank. Kleinert was at the bank investigating an earlier robbery, and although police have said Jackson was not a suspect in the robbery, he may have been attempting to enter the bank to carry out a forgery.
The case has not yet been set for trial. Kleinert turned himself in after the indictment but has since been released pending trial.