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Medical examiner says victim had little chance of surviving in Royster murder trial

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CHARLOTTE—According to the testimony of a medical examiner on Friday, Amias Robinson, 2, had little chance of surviving when he was shot on August 12, 2010.

Medical examiner Dr. James Sullivan testified that Robinson's cause of death was a gun shot wound to the neck. Sullivan also talked about where the boy was grazed on his left shoulder.

"The child suffered from quadriplegia. The medical record indicates the child was in a state of shock. And that state of shock resulted in secondary injuries to two organs,” said Sullivan.

Sullivan recovered several fragments from the toddler's injuries. Jurors learned the boy may have been sleeping in his stroller when he was hit by stray bullets. Sullivan said he was slumped a little to the left, with his neck on his shoulder.

Earlier in the day, jurors saw pictures of a Tek 9 millimeter handgun found in Royster's house. They also heard about the nearly dozen spent shell casings recovered from the scene. A firearms and tool mark expert said the shells were not from the gun taken from Royster's home.

However, the shells were all from the same firearm.

Jurors also heard from the lead homicide detective and another witness. The state rested late Friday morning. The defense is expected to call witnesses Tuesday morning.

Royster could face life in prison if he's convicted.

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