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Autopsy: Woman shot 13 times in RTP murder-suicide

Posted July 5, 2011 9:58 a.m. EDT
Updated July 15, 2011 7:13 a.m. EDT

— A woman who was killed in an apparent triple murder-suicide in Research Triangle Park last month was shot 13 times, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.

Alexandria J. "AJ" Baker Pierce, 23, was shot in the legs, trunk, head and neck, the report states, adding that the "most significant" shot was to the top of her head.

Pierce, Amesha Alia Page-Smith, 24, and Adrianne Celeste Stevens, 22, were found shot to death in a parked car near the intersection of Park Office Drive and N.C. Highway 54 in Research Triangle Park on June 10.

An autopsy for Page-Smith showed that she was shot four times while sitting in the driver's seat – in the right upper shoulder, left side of her stomach, right leg and right upper back.

Authorities say Brinton Millsap, 23, of 8 Mellon Court, shot the women with a .45-caliber handgun and then shot himself.

Stevens' mother said the four had been friends since elementary school. Pierce and Millsap were dating.