MAY 4, 1991

E.M.S. was notified by Putnam County Sherrifs Department of a Gunshot to a female subject on 119 Blue Branch Road at 17:38 hours. ACLS and BTLS protacol was approved by ER PHYSICIAN at Putnam General Hospital. Upon arrival at said address, 39 year old female was found in front of A frame of house, in a sitting position, face down between legs, with cranium, being close to her left foot, with foot being positioned toward her Midline. Right leg was bent at knee, with righ tfoot being lateral to her torso. Patient was laid back into a Supine position, noted to be Apenic, and Pulseness, Penatrating wound noted to right lateral lobe and considered frontal in antomnocimal position, with Brain tissue exposure, Blood loss was estimated at 3 liters. 1 inch lateration noted to opcipital lobe of cranium. Patient was placed on Cardiac Monitor which revealed Aystole, confirmed in MCL1 and Lead 11. Coroner was notified, Emotional Support was Provided to patients family.
Charles Amerson
Kendrick Lowe


Amerson, Charles - EMT-P, Paramedic #2433

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Witness having been first duly sworn
Testified on

Q. Would you state your name for the record, please?

A. Charles D. Amerson.

Q. And Mr. Amerson, how are you employed?

A. Part-time with Putnam County EMS; full-time Spaulding Regional Hospital in Griffin.

A. All right, sir. And what – what do you do at Spaulding Regional Hospital?

A. Paramedic.

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Q. And what do you do with the Putnam County EMS?

A. Paramedic, same.

Q. How, how long have you been with the Putnam County Emergency Medical Service?

A. Six years.

Q. Let me ask you if you were on duty or were working in Putnam County on May the 4th, 1991?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. And did you have occasion to be dispatched to Blue Branch Road?

A. Yes, sir, I did.

Q. Do you recall what time you arrived there?

A. It’s hard to remember. It’s 1700 – about 4 or 5 o’clock. I can’t exactly remember. I’ve got it in the paper here.

Q. All right. Would you mind checking it, please.

A. It’s 1746.

Q. All right. What time of day is that in real time?

A. It’s 5:46. (Left Eatonton at 5:39 pm., could not have arrived within 7 minutes).

Q. All right, sir. So about a quarter till 6:00?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. Okay. Mr. Amerson, when you got there, what – what – who was there?

A. The deputy sheriff from Putnam County (see Harper, T.394) WAS IN FRONT OF US IN THE AMBULANCE, and he got there slightly before – we

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pulled in the yard ABOUT THE SAME TIME. And then we (EMT Amerson and EMT ________) noted a woman lying in the front yard, so immediately we got out of the truck and started, you know, checking to see if – that was the only two, and I SAW A GUY PROBABLY 14 OR 15 YEARS OLD COME OUT OF THE HOUSE. (Deputy Harper stated Mark was sitting with his mother in the rain and Mize said he met all of them in the house? (see Harper, T.393) Did the other EMT also see a person coming out of the house? Mark’s friend, Billy Coker arrived before anyone else. (see Coker) This fact was never brought up at any time during trial.) And that’s all I can remember. That’s all I remember seeing.

Q. All right.

A. My main concern was looking at the patient.

Q. Now, Mr. Amerson, the patient, as you referred to her, what was her position when you arrived there?

A. She was in front of the A-frame of – the house was an A-frame. She was slumped over with her head – with her face touching the ground with her right leg outward laterally and her head being closer to her left leg laying face down in the ground. (How did the blood run down her face and onto her shirt if she had her face on the ground? Mr. Fugate stated he had laid Pattie down on the ground, not slumped over. Before the trial began Briley stated Mark did indeed move Pattie's body.)

Q. All right. If you would, would you – you appear to be young and supple.

A. Okay.

Q. Would you come down here and demonstrate to the jury the position Ms. Fugate was in?

A. If I can. (Whereupon, the witness steps down from the witness stand.

A. This leg was out – I can’t bend that far, but – because I’m not limp, but her face was right there, and her

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right leg was out like this (indicating). And she was slumped over.

Q. She was slumped further over than you are?

A. Yes, sir, but I can’t – I’m not that limber.

Q. Thank you very much. (Whereupon the witness returns to the witness stand.)

Q. And this lady was Pattie Fugate?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. Mr. Amerson, what did you do after you observed Ms. Fugate in that position?

A. Well, the first thing I noted that she had blood matted on the back of her hair, and you know, I noted it was some kind of obvious trauma. So the first thing I did was lay her back in a supine position to open her airway to see if she was breathing.

Q. All right. Let me show you what has been marked as State’s Exhibit Number 1, and ask if you can identify that?

A. Yes, sir, that’s the patient, Fugate, after she was laid back.

Q. All right. And is that the position that you laid her in – A. Yes, sir.

Q. – immediately – (No time for the blood to run down her face and onto her clothes?) (see photos of Pattie)

A. Yes, sir.

Q. – to attempt to give her some medical assistance?

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A. Yes, sir.

Q. And is that a true and accurate representation?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. Mr. Amerson, what type of medical attention did you attempt to give Ms. Fugate?

A. Well, like I said, I opened her airway. She was apneic. She wasn’t breathing, pulseless – no pulse of any type. And then we proceeded to get the cardiac monitor, put her on the cardiac monitor and checked her in two leads, and she was asystole, which means there’s no electrical activity to the heart, no mechanical or electrical activity. It took seven minutes for us to get there. Her pupils were fixed and dilated. It was just – I mean, there’s no resuscitative measures could’ve been done. Brain tissue exposure, no resuscitative measures.

Q. All right. When you say brain tissue exposure, what do you mean by that?

A. By the entrance of a puncture wound in the frontal lobe of the skull.

Q. You could see her brains?

A. You could see the tissue, yes, sir. You could see the crack in the skull and the tissue exposure. (see Autopsy Report)

Q. Bottom line, Mr. Amerson, was you couldn’t do anything to help Pattie Fugate?

A. No, sir.

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MR. CLINE: He’s with you.

THE COURT: Cross-examine?


THE COURT: May we excuse Mr. Amerson as a witness, Mr. Cline?

MR. CLINE: Your Honor, I would not like to excuse Mr. Amerson, but I would like for him to be able to go on from the courtroom and be available and not come back unless he’s called.

THE COURT: Any objection?

MR. BELLURY: No objection to that.

THE COURT: Mr. Amerson, you remain on call as a witness. You may not come in the courtroom during the course of the trial.

MR. AMERSON: Yes, sir.

THE COURT: With those instructions, you’re free to leave. Than you very much.

MR. AMERSON: Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.