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  • SAN BERNARDINO - With his arms and legs bound with wires, television repairman John "Jack" Cone was struck multiple times before he died last April when attacked in his San Bernardino home, a forensic pathologist testified Monday.

    Glenn Holt, who works with the the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner's Department, delivered his testimony about Jack Cone's autopsy during the trial for the two suspects in the case before Judge Michael Smith in San Bernardino Superior Court.

    Holt said at the end of his testimony that, according to the autopsy done on April 4, the cause of Jack Cone's death was "blunt force injuries to the head."

    Two days earlier Jack Cone was beaten and killed inside his home, which doubles as his workplace, on North Sierra Way in San Bernardino. Several guns and televisions as well as ammunition and the victim's truck were taken from the residence, according to police.

    Prosecutors later charged Jack Cone's wife - Laurie Cone - as well as Gary Gallion with murder. Authorities suspect Laurie Cone solicited Gallion to rob and kill her husband while she was out gambling with her daughter at an area casino.

    On Monday, the fourth day of the trial, Jurors saw graphic photos on an overhead screen of the victim's body. Simultaneously, Holt detailed the multiple wounds on parts of the body.

    Laurie Cone put her head into her hands and looked down while the photos were displayed.

    The pathologist described several contusions found on both of Jack Cone's legs.

    "They were long and narrow as if a hard, rod object has struck the body," Holt said.

    There were at least five of those marks on Jack Cone's left leg. There were additional marks seen on the right leg.

    Holt testified that he determined the leg injuries had occurred before death.

    Contusions and bruises were also found on both of Jack Cone's forearms, Holt said. Two arm bones were fractured.

    Small contusions and subtle abrasions were found on the victim's chest and stomach area.

    "They weren't terribly significant," Holt said.

    Lastly, the witness talked about the deep cuts, tears and rips on the top of Jack Cone's head.

    The skin was torn to the bone, and the skull was fractured, Holt said. Fractures were also found on Jack Cone's temples and officials determined there was some bleeding in his brain.

    Deputy District Attorney Cary Epstein rested his case after Holt's testimony.

    Defense attorneys Ed Congdon and James Gass are expected to present their side to the jury Tuesday.


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