Forensic Files 1.2
"The Magic Bullet"

February 2, 2020 by Avery Faeth

The Magic Bullet

Air date: 10/17/1996
Chronology: season 1, episode 2

Victim: Leland Harold "Trey" Cooley III

Date of birth: 05/11/1977

Date of death: 09/29/1991

Cause of death: Gunshot wound

Location: Carrollton, Texas, U.S.A.

Perpetrator: Accident

The crime: During a marksman competition, Dan Smith fired a shot that escaped the range, traveled through a safety building, and struck Trey Cooley in the head. This was made possible by a combination of inadequate safety measures at the range, a modified gun that was more likely to "double" upon recoil, modified ammunition that was much deadlier, and changes in shooting protocol due to the competition rules.

Techniques: Ballistics, accident reconstruction, laser trajectory projection, forensic animation

Professionals: Larry Fletcher (firearms examiner), Ken Buster, PhD (gun range expert), Stephen Irwin (accident reconstructionist), Kirk Parks (forensic animator), Sgt. Dave Taylor (Carrollton, TX police), Hon. Bill Rhea (judge), C.L. Mike Schmidt (attorney), Peter Thomas (narrator)