Autopsy shows bullet that killed Taylor ripped through both legs

MIAMI -- The bullet that killed Washington Redskins safety
Sean Taylor ripped first through his right leg and then the left,
and possibly came from a 9mm handgun, an autopsy released Thursday

The report, obtained by The Associated Press through a public
records request filed after Taylor's Nov. 27 death, notes a bullet
perforated the soft tissues and muscles of the right groin and the
right femoral artery, a crucial pathway for blood.

The bullet tore through muscles of Taylor's upper right thigh,
according to the report from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner, then
exited the leg and entered the athlete's left thigh.

A Miami-Dade police report to the medical examiner identified
the weapon as a handgun, possibly a 9mm.

Aside from the bullet wounds and a small abrasion on Taylor's
right biceps, no other injuries were noted on the player's body.
Toxicology tests found no drugs in Taylor's system.

Police said Taylor was a victim of a botched robbery when he was
shot in his bedroom at about 1:46 a.m. on Nov. 26. in the Miami
suburb of Palmetto Bay. A day later, at 2:41 a.m., he was placed on
life support.

He was pronounced dead at 3:35 a.m. on Nov. 27. The autopsy was
performed later that day.

The report notes Taylor's numerous tattoos, including "Donna,"
the name of his mother, on his left arm and a passage from Psalms
with hands folded in prayer and the phrase "God Forgive Me" on
his left shoulder and upper left arm.

Charged with first-degree felony murder and armed burglary in
Taylor's killing are Charles Wardlow, 18; Jason Mitchell and Venjah
Hunte, both 20; and the accused gunman, Eric Rivera, 17. All remain
behind bars while awaiting trial.