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Autopsy: Durham woman bled to death after stabbing

Posted April 14, 2010

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— A woman whose body was found inside a Durham home in February bled to death after being stabbed several times, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.

Officers found the bodies of Toni Elaine Fowler, 46, and Martin Martinez, 42, inside their 111 Lynn Road home on Feb. 7 after a concerned relative asked police to check on the home. The relative told police that cars were parked outside the house, but no one answered the door.

Fowler was stabbed numerous times, including one wound that pierced her left lung, according to the autopsy. The medical examiner noted that many of the stab wounds were shallow and that Fowler likely bled to death.

Police said the slayings were not random, and a search warrant states that officers seized a knife, bullets, a bat with hair on it and a sword from the home.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29322, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

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  • fishon Apr 14, 2010

    I always wonder about stories like this.
    Chances are if her lung was punctured her ability to breath was quickly impaired (diaphram does not work well unless chest cavity is intact) and she passed out before dying.
    However it seems odd the ME said it was "likely" she bled to death although there were lots of shallow cuts. If her lungs were not working and she passed due to brain starving for oxygen the heart also would stop and at that point no more blood loss. Can't they tell?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 14, 2010

    This is one case where you really don't want to see the suspect taken alive.

  • sssh.. whisper Apr 14, 2010

    I agree.. that would be an absolutely horrible way to die.

  • anneonymousone Apr 14, 2010

    All murder is inhumane, but this is particularly vile. It is my hope that she passed out quickly so she couldn't know what was happening.