TUCSON — Three of the six people killed in the Jan. 8 rampage that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) died of gunshot wounds to the head, according to autopsy records released Monday.
Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Larry Burns to bar the release of the records, saying that news stories about them could “taint the jury pool” and jeopardize a fair trial.
Prosecutors also told Burns that the families of five of the victims requested that the autopsy results be kept private. But the judge rejected the prosecutors’ request last week and allowed their release by the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The records show that Giffords aide Gabriel Zimmerman and two victims in their 70s — Phyllis Schneck and Dorwan Stoddard— died of gunshots to the head. Nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green was killed by a gunshot wound to her torso, with the bullet striking her aorta, kidney, stomach and small intestine.