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One wound path pierced the left ventricle and the other went through both the left and right ventricles, exiting the heart at the back of the right ventricle.Stacey’s body also exhibited a number of bruises on the head, chest, abdomen, back, arms, and legs, abrasions on the face, a stab wound to the back, and a cut and scrapes on the left forearm.About p.m., she heard Culver return home, and she called out his name. In response to a question from one of them, Kristie identified Powell as her attacker.
According to Powell, he and Stacey argued, and the argument grew into a struggle.Although Powell did not know whether Stacey was still alive, he made no effort to determine her condition or call for medical assistance. Kristie, who knew that Powell was usually armed, complied because she “didn’t want to die.” In the basement, Powell ordered Kristie to remove her clothes and to lie on the floor.Powell “wandered around the house, got some iced tea, had a cigarette.” Kristie arrived home from school shortly after 3 p.m. Powell told her that Stacey was in her room, but moments later Kristie discovered her sister’s body in Kristie’s bedroom. Powell then raped Kristie, and she “begg[ed] him not to kill her.” Powell later admitted that he knew that Kristie, who was 14 years old at the time of the rape, had been a virgin.Wilkerson had recently moved to another locality, but he and Stacey remained in contact.Stacey was a member of her high school’s Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps and planned to attend a military ball with Wilkerson.Kristie was transported by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital where she received treatment for her injuries.It was ultimately determined that the wounds to her throat and abdomen each came within one centimeter of severing a major artery which likely would have caused her death.The autopsy further revealed that Stacey had been struck on the head with sufficient force to cause bleeding inside her scalp and in the membranes surrounding her brain prior to death.These injuries were not consistent with Stacey merely having fallen during a struggle.Hearing Powell coming back to the basement, she returned to the position on the floor where he had left her.Powell then strangled Kristie with a shoelace and she lost consciousness.