Two gunshots to the lung apparently killed Warren woman, coroner testified


By Ed Runyan

runyan@vindy.com

WARREN

Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, Trumbull County coroner, testified Wednesday at the murder trial of William “Big Shot” Fambro that two of the six gunshot wounds on the body of Teresa Hunter, 35, hit her in the lung and probably killed her within 10 minutes.

One of the bullets – fired into her abdomen – was what the coroner called a “contact wound,” meaning the barrel of the gun was pressed against Hunter’s body when the shot was fired. The other potentially fatal shot was fired into her back, the coroner said.

Another shot from the .22-caliber handgun was fired into her eyebrow, but it didn’t fracture her skull and didn’t kill her, Germaniuk said.

Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker told jurors on the opening day of the trial in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court that Fambro is “probably legally blind,” but he “can see well enough” to have killed Hunter.

Becker told jurors it’s possible Fambro shot Hunter while she was laying down.

Dr. Germaniuk on Wednesday confirmed that such a theory could be correct because of the angle of many of the shots, but he couldn’t say for sure.

A ballistics expert from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Richfield testified that a handgun found by a fisherman in the Mahoning River at Summit Street in November was the gun that fired the shell casings found at the Riverview Motel on Oct. 14 when Hunter’s body was discovered by a motel employee. He couldn’t say whether the bullets in Hunter’s body came from that gun, however.

Prosecutors said Jenica Bennett of Warren bought the murder weapon Sept. 11 from a Warren-area pawn shop.

Bennett testified Fambro helped her buy the gun, but she thinks he stole it from her later that day. Bennett is one of several witnesses who said Fambro went by the name “Big Shot.”

Fambro is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm in Hunter’s death.

The trial resumes at 1 p.m. today. It’s not known whether Fambro’s defense team will present any witnesses.

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