Coroner: Los Feliz Teen Lily Burk Died from Fatal Wound to Neck
A Los Angeles County Coroner testified today in the brutal murder of Lily Burk, the 17-year-old Los Feliz teen who was allegedly kidnapped and killed by a parolee. Dr. Jeffrey P. Gutstadt testified at a preliminary hearing that the Oakwood School student had injuries from head to toe, including a fatal wound to her neck. The weapon used was consistent with a broken glass bottle, he said.
"Fragments of a green broken glass bottle were observed in [Burk's] hair," according to the autopsy report.
There also appeared to be "bite marks" on her left face and neck, bruising marks to her "right leg, right knee and right forearm with her left ankle appearing to be dislocated."
Burk's badly beaten body was found in the front passenger seat of her black Volvo the day after she went missing after picking up exam papers for her law professor mother at Southwestern University School of Law on the afternoon of July 24, 2009.
Parolee Charlie Samuel, 50, is accused of kidnapping and murdering Burk as she was about to get into her car near Wilshire Boulevard and Wilshire Place. The tiny teen made several unsuccessful attempts to get money from a downtown ATM before calling her father Greg Burk, a former LA Weekly music editor, and mother, law professor Deborah Drooz. She was not heard from again.
"The windshield on the passenger side was shattered as if [Burk] was attempting to kick out the window in an apparent struggle," according to the autopsy report.
Los Angeles police officers testified that they took Samuel, a career criminal with previous petty theft and robbery convictions, into custody about 5:25 pm the day the teen disappeared. He was picked up for drinking a beer in public and for possessing a crack pipe. The cops also testified that they found Samuel's blood soaked clothing in a nearby trash bin and his fingerprints inside the Volvo.
At the end of the brutal hearing, superior court judge David Wesley ordered Samuel to stand trial for the gruesome slaying of Burk.