More gruesome details revealed as Banis murder trial continues

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 2:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Kentucky State Medical Examiner went into vivid detail about James Carroll's autopsy on the stand Thursday.

Prosecution showed a picture of the 50-gallon Rubbermaid container that Dr. Donna Stewart said was found taped and sealed, inside was the body of James Carroll, 37.

More gruesome details about his death came out during testimony from the State Medical Examiner. She said Carroll was hog-tied with twine, covered in lime and had numerous injuries. He suffered from stab wounds, a gun shot wound and blunt force trauma. His knee cap was broken and he had stabs to his neck, face and inner leg.

Detectives said Carroll was a meth dealer who was in a love triangle with Joseph Banis and Jeffrey Mundt. His body was found in the basement of their Old Louisville home in 2010.

Stewart said he was shot in the upper back and a bullet fragment was found in his mouth.

"It was found in the tissue just underneath the tongue found in the lower mandible or lower law," Stewart said.

She said Carroll ultimately died of stab wounds.

Mundt is expected to testify as early as Friday. The trial could last through March 15.

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