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Autopsy: Woman shot eight times in RTP murder-suicide

Posted July 15, 2011

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— An autopsy of the third Durham woman killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Research Triangle Park in June reveals that she was shot at least eight times.

Adrianne Celeste Stevens, 22, had three gunshot wounds in her back, two in her shoulders and one each in her right side, hip, neck and left wrist, according to the autopsy released Thursday. She also had a possible gunshot wound to her right wrist.

Stevens, Alexandria J. "AJ" Baker Pierce, 23, and Amesha Alia Page-Smith, 24, were found dead in a parked car near Park Office Drive and N.C. Highway 54 on June 10.

The body of Brinton Millsap, 23, of 8 Mellon Court in Durham, was nearby, and authorities believe he shot the women with a .45-caliber handgun and then killed himself.

Autopsies showed that Pierce was shot 13 times, including once in the head, and that Page-Smith was shot four times while sitting in the driver's seat.

Stevens' mother said Pierce and Millsap were dating and that the four had been friends since elementary school. They all attended Durham's Southern High School at one time.

Pierce was a senior at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro studying English, and Page-Smith was one course shy of a psychology degree from North Carolina A&T University, school officials said.

Millsap was a basketball player at Arkansas Bible College.

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  • erderr4533 Jul 15, 2011

    people...a sick individual decided to end three lives and then his own--it doesn't matter which of these girls he was with or how many, and frankly it isn't anyones business besides the deceased so why don't you show some respect--people have died here

  • cputech4lif Jul 15, 2011

    I know the officer interviewed that was on the scene plus one of the girls was my best friends cousin. So the story that he had sex with all three is wrong. Milsap had some other issues going on. But there will always be different stories after the fact.

  • aaa Jul 15, 2011

    People... This completely bogus. He did not have sex with all three girls. Trust and believe!

    cputech4lif...how do you know that? Where are you getting your information from?

  • cputech4lif Jul 15, 2011

    People... This completely bogus. He did not have sex with all three girls. Trust and believe!

  • aaa Jul 15, 2011

    @kikinc..exactly, so I believe that story more so than all the others..And I believe you when you said you found out the info from the dpd...there is too much he say she say going on....May these 4 rest in peace...such a tragic outcome..I wish things didnt have to turn out this way...

  • kikinc Jul 15, 2011

    aaa-The N&O story is the same one that was told to me by the wife of a DPD officer who interviewed friends of Millsap.

  • aaa Jul 15, 2011

    @omgreally,you said the very same thing that I stated earlier...I do beleive there is more to this story

  • aaa Jul 15, 2011

    The story I was told which makes more sense than the "herpes" story is that one of the women had given him aids. He found this out during a physical for a potential job application. The reason the other two girls were killed is because they knew the girl he was having a sexual relationship with had the disease and didn't disclose it to him.

    jljwcj......According to the newsandonserver, he had sexual relations with all 3 of the women and he had told a friend that he was going to meet up with the girls that night to find out which one gave him the disease...

  • jljwcj Jul 15, 2011

    The story I was told which makes more sense than the "herpes" story is that one of the women had given him aids. He found this out during a physical for a potential job application. The reason the other two girls were killed is because they knew the girl he was having a sexual relationship with had the disease and didn't disclose it to him.

  • OMGReally Jul 15, 2011

    Thou shalt not kill! Did anyone forget that part of the bible? Just because he went to a bible college doesn't actually mean he was religeous - he played sports - they could have had an athletic program he really liked or went there because that is where his parents wanted or made him go. Either Way they were all dealt with in death by GOD and they have been punished or rewarded as He deems just.

    I do however think there is more to this story than a murder suicide. If he did in fact do all this himself, he would have had to shoot them all with the first clip and then switch and shoot them all more and then himself. Are they sure no one else was involved? Are they sure there are not more suspects to be sought? Did they find multiple clips at the scene? Just questions......

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