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Arkansas police are trying their best to hide what really happened to Chavis Carter. The 21-year-old was shot dead while in the backseat of a squad car, yet the crime lab failed to run a test on the gun residue. The state’s decision not to complete the test is common practice for homicides and suicides.

Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates has since requested that the test be carried out. The department has also released a video reenactment showing how Carter could have killed himself and video footage from one of the arresting officer’s dashboard camera.

Lab chief criminalist Lisa Channell told the Associated Press that while the test will show if Carter was near gun residue, it does not prove who actually pulled the trigger. Because Carter was handcuffed at the time of his death, speculation behind how he managed to shoot himself –after being searched for weapons twice— remains high.

On Monday the state released Carter’s autopsy report which ruled that the gunshot wound he sustained to the right temple was self-inflicted.

Carter’s family maintains that he did not take his own life, while the FBI has also joined in the search for answers behind his death.


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