BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) -- An Adams County forensic pathologist says a 34-year-old man who was killed during an altercation at a friend's Broomfield home was strangled to death.
Michael Arnall says in documents presented in court Friday that James Clifford Fernandez sustained several head wounds, but the ultimate cause of death was strangulation. Arnall, who conducted Fernandez' autopsy, says a person would have to be subjected to about three to five minutes of strangulation before dying.
Investigators say 32-year-old Matthew P. Burnett told them he found Fernandez in a "compromising position" with his wife at the couple's home before he punched him in the face and shoved him in the chest, which caused Fernandez to fall back and hit his head on a small table.
The Broomfield Enterprise reports Fernandez' body was found on a street Aug. 17.
Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus