Pathologist: Slain Broadwater County deputy likely survived initial gunshots


Robert Kurtzman, a forensic pathologist and medical examiner for the state of Montana, explains findings to jurors Monday in a trial tied to the the 2017 slaying of Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore.

District Judge Kathy Seeley of Helena instructs the jury on Sept. 9 at the beginning of the Lloyd Barrus trial in Butte.


A forensic pathologist testified Monday that gunshot wounds Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore sustained to his face likely came through the front windshield of his patrol car but it’s unlikely they were fatal.

Moore was also struck in the shoulder and upper chest and those rounds were fired through the side and likely killed him in the early morning hours of May 16, 2017, said Robert Kurtzman, a pathologist and state medical examiner

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