Although no criminal charges are yet filed in regard to Bobbi Kristina Brown being found comatose in her bathtub on January 31, a future autopsy may hold the key that investigators are looking for, according to a leading medical examiner.
Dr. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist who’s well-known for providing his medical opinion on numerous high-profile criminal cases, such as the John F. Kennedy investigation and more recently, Baltimore’s Freddie Gray case, indicated that it’s possible that an autopsy may reveal evidence that will lead to an arrest in the Bobbi Kristina case.
“If she was beaten and there was evidence of that beating, the autopsy will show how she sustained a brain injury causing the brain to swell.”
Earlier this year, Attorney Julie Rice, who has no involvement in the Bobbi Kristina case, also explained that in many instances, authorities will not proceed with charging someone criminally in cases such as these until after the victim passes away.
“They are most likely waiting to see the outcome of whether or not she dies before bringing any charges. They would most likely wait until if she died to bring charges rather than bring charges when there is no death involved. If they do have a suspect in mind, they are probably monitoring that person at all times.”
The suspect in mind still remains to be Nick Gordon, 26, Bobbi Kristina’s live-in boyfriend who was with her the day she was found unconscious. The Roswell, Georgia, Police Department recently turned its active investigation into the case over to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office (DA).
An undisclosed law enforcement source also states that an autopsy will play a vital part in filing charges against Gordon. If an autopsy shows that brain damage was caused by physical injuries to Bobbi Kristina, murder charges will probably follow.
“The autopsy will help make a murder case against Nick Gordon. It’s a valuable tool, and the evidence from the postmortem exam can be presented to a grand jury.”
Bobbi Kristina’s conservator, Bedelia Hargrove, however, didn’t wait on the criminal investigation to conclude before filing civil charges. In June, she filed a civil lawsuit against Gordon, which accuses him of physical abuse against Bobbi Kristina, as well as stealing more than $11,000 from Bobbi Kristina’s bank account.
Meanwhile, Bobbi Kristina Brown remains in hospice care at the Peachtree Christian Hospice center in Duluth, Georgia. She’s surrounded by photographs of her late mother, singer Whitney Houston, and according to family members, she’s being kept as comfortable as possible.
[Photos Courtesy of Frazer Harrison/Getty Images & Roswell Police Department]