Family Of Dead Marine Wants Full Investigation, New Autopsy Details

The family of a Camp Lejeune Marine who died of what base officials say were self-inflicted stab wounds, wants a full investigation.

Camp Lejeune officials say autopsy results for Corporal Jonathan Tyler Burnette show the wounds were self-inflicted. The preliminary autopsy report lists the manner of death as suicide and the cause of death as multiple stab wounds to the head and chest. Burnette had numerous wounds but it is believed that only one--a puncture wound to his heart--was fatal. Toxicology testing will take approximately three weeks to complete.

Camp Lejeune officials say Burnette is said to have made statements in his barracks room, during the ambulance ride to the hospital and again in the ER that his wounds were self-inflicted. The knife which caused the wounds was recovered in Burnette's room.

Burnette's father Steve says he knew his son well enough to know that he wouldn't take his own life, even if life was at times rough.

The family says in all of their conversations with the military, they were lead to believe Tyler was a crime victim

CAMP LEJEUNE RELEASE:

"Special Agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) are
investigating the death of a Marine at Camp Lejeune North Carolina.

Corporal Jonathan Tyler Burnette, a native of Cookeville Tennessee, was found in his barracks Wednesday afternoon.

CPL Burnette had been on duty Wednesday morning but failed to return after lunch. Other members of his unit initiated a search to locate him.

At about 1:25 Burnette was found suffering from multiple stab wounds
including wounds to his eyes. Burnette was conscious when found and was rushed to the emergency room of the Naval Hospital on Camp Lejeune.

Burnette is said to have made statements in his barracks room, during the ambulance ride to the hospital and again in the ER that his wounds were self-inflicted. The knife which caused the wounds was recovered in Burnette's room.

At approximately 4:15 Burnette died at the Naval Hospital while preparations were being made to fly him to a hospital in Wilmington.

An autopsy was conducted today at the Camp Lejeune hospital by a Forensic Pathologist from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) based in Washington. The preliminary autopsy report lists the manner of death as suicide and the cause of death as multiple stab wounds to the head and chest. Burnette had numerous wounds but it is believed that only one--a puncture wound to his heart--was fatal. Toxicology testing will take approximately three weeks to complete.

The mission of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service includes
investigating all non combat-related, non medically-attended deaths in the US Navy and US Marine Corps."


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