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Private expert disputes findings in SC teen's death

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A private forensic pathologist says he thinks a 19-year-old Charleston man didn't commit suicide as he struggled with a Charleston police officer.

Dr. Werner Spitz reviewed the autopsy of Denzel Curnell and told The Post and Courier of Charleston that a bruise on the teen's arm leads him to believe that Curnell's gun accidentally went off as he struggled with the officer.

Curnell died from a gunshot wound in the head June 20. The State Law Enforcement Division investigated the shooting, and prosecutor Scarlett Wilson agreed with their findings that Curnell shot himself after the officer wrestled him to the ground.

The Charleston NAACP is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate.

Spitz reviewed the autopsies of President John Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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