Defense Wraps Case In Stephen Scher Murder Trial

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 12, 2008 at 6:23 PM EDT

Two forensic pathologists testify for the defense in a 3 decades old murder trail in Susquehanna County.

67 year old Stephen Scher is accused of killing attorney Martin Dillon at a Silver lake hunting camp in June, 1976

Two forensic scientists that were present at the 3rd autopsy of Martin Dillon took the stand.

They testified based on the wound and surrounding area, the death of Dillon could be an accident.

Doctors Michael Baden and John Shane took the stand in the case against Stephen Scher.

Scher is accused of shooting and killing Montrose attorney Martin Dillon at a Silver Lake hunting camp in 1976.

Both doctors testified they feel based on the size of the wound, and carbon based material in the wound, that the shot that killed Dillon came from a close range.

Perhaps a foot or less.

Prosecution witness had testified the shot that killed Dillon came from about 3 feet.

But defense witnesses can't say if the shooting was a suicide or a homicide.

"It's equally consistent with homicide, self-inflicted with accidental, with undetermined ...it's consistent with all of the above and you have to make your best assessments on what you have and what you believe and what your eye sees of what's left," says witness Dr. John Shane.

Both doctors also testified there was no scalloping near the wound.

Scalloping is the irritations on the skin, caused by the shotgun pellets.

Experts testified the pellets usually begin to separate from the shotgun shell at 4 feet.

Both Dr Baden and Dr. Shane say the lack of scalloping near the wound of Dillon again proves the shot came from a foot or less.

With that, the defense wrapped up its case.

Closing arguments are expected Thursday morning.

The jury is expected to start deliberations Thursday afternoon.

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