Crime Lab Didn't Test 21-Year-Old Killed In The Back Of A Police Car For Gunshot Residue After He Died

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Authorities determined yesterday the 21-year-old who was shot to death while handcuffed in the back of a police car killed himself.However, they didn’t test him for gunshot residue.

The Arkansas state crime lab says it doesn’t perform that type of test on anyone who died of a homicide or suicide, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Carter was shot while handcuffed in the back of a police car. He was being held after police said they found marijuana and several plastic baggies on him during a traffic stop.

While gunshot residue testing can reveal whether a person was around a gun that had been fired, it can’t identify whether that person pulled the trigger, state lab chief criminalist Lisa Channell told the AP.

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