Autopsy: 81-year-old Durham woman was shot in head
Posted March 26, 2013
Durham, N.C. — An 81-year-old Durham woman who police say was killed by her son-in-law in June died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to an autopsy released Tuesday by the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
William Grider, 48, of Timberlake, is charged with murder in the death of Altaree Estes Norris, whom police say was found June 24 in the garage of her home on David Street in Durham.
The autopsy report said Norris had been shot in the right lower back of her head and that the bullet exited her left forehead.
Medical examiners also noted blunt trauma injuries that included multiple bruises in various stages of healing on her body, including her abdomen, left knee, left buttock and left elbow.
Authorities have not said what might have led to the shooting, but a July 3 search warrant in the case cited witnesses who said that Grider was in financial debt to Norris and that the two “were not particularly fond of each other.”
He told police Norris had been shot in the head, according to the warrant, but investigators said it would have been impossible to know that from the position she was in when she was found.