Cody Foster sustained 28 blows to his head and neck, including a fatal stab wound that cut his carotid artery, according to the pathologist who examined the body of the 26-year-old days following his death.
Foster was killed in his home in the Kamloops RV Park in the 9000-block of Dallas Drive on Feb. 11, 2017. His friend, Stephen George Fraser, who was 56 at the time, is charged second-degree murder in connection with the death.
Fraser’s jury trial continued Friday with Dr. James Stephen — an expert witness in the Crown’s case who specializes in forensic pathology — taking the stand in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops to describe the manner, mechanism and cause of Foster’s death.
Foster sustained 17 wounds inflicted by a sharp edge, along with 11 lacerations, Stephen testified.
The injuries included blunt force trauma to Foster’s face, a stab wound below the right ear about five centimetres in depth and multiple stab wounds to the back of his neck.
Multiple metal fragments consistent with a knife were found during the autopsy, Stephen said.
He said one of the fragments was stuck between two spinous processes — a portion of the vertebrae where muscle and ligaments attach. He said all those fragments were found in the same wound tract.
Stephen said he believes the knife had been twisted when inserted into the spinous process with enough force to cause the blade to shatter.
Foster also had a broken jaw — the mandible having been fractured on the left side.
Stephen described the force that would have been required to break the bone as “moderate.”
Foster’s nose and left eye socket were also broken and he sustained a fracture to his left cheekbone.
“Do you think one blow could have caused all these injuries?” Crown prosecutor Alex Janse asked .
“The distance between the jaw, the nose and eye socket is so great that, most likely, multiple blows would have been required,” said Stephen.
Janse asked if those injuries could have been inflicted by a glass bottle and rendered the victim unconscious, to which Stephen replied that they could.
Stephen also said Foster’s hands showed little to no defensive wounds — injuries that are usually found on parts of the body a person would naturally use to protect themselves, such as on the hands and forearms.
He said there were no injuries on Foster’s left hand, but a scratch on his right palm.
Foster’s left leg had bruising — most likely occurring within 24 hours of his death. He also sustained three abrasions to the abdomen, which, Stephen said, were most likely inflicted recently.
The Crown is calling 14 witnesses to the stand in its case, which is expected to wrap up next Wednesday, at which time the defence may call evidence.
Witnesses who were staying in the RV park on the night in question testified earlier in the trial that they discovered Foster’s body after the accused led them to the trailer when asking for help.