Everett Quaid was trying to defend himself when he was killed, doctor tells jury

A medical examiner testified today the victim of a homicide appeared to be trying to defend himself based on a wound to his wrist.

Dr. Gary Walter said a wound to Everett Quaid’s right wrist was consistent with someone trying to defend himself by throwing his hands up in an attack.

Walter is testifying for the prosecution in the case against 29-year-old Kelsey Lee Morasci, who’s accused of murdering Quaid on Aug. 6, 2009, in Atascadero. Prosecutors have indicated jealousy was a motive for the killing because Quaid had begun dating Morasci’s ex-girlfriend.

Walter said the cause of death was bleeding as a result of a sharp force trauma injury, and the fatal wound was a puncture of an artery near the neck. Walter testified that the path of the deadly strike was straight downward from above. Witness Damon Shannon testified Wednesday that he saw Morasci striking Quaid with a downward motion.

Morasci’s lawyer, Tom McCormick, said in opening statements Wednesday that evidence will show that Morasci was acting in self-defense. She has pleaded not guilty. Testimony from witnesses for the prosecution in the trial will continue Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Judge John Trice’s courtroom.