Autopsy for David Joseph shows Xanax, marijuana in his system

David Joseph (Courtesy: Claudia -- Family Friend)
David Joseph (Courtesy: Claudia -- Family Friend)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The autopsy of a teen shot and killed by an Austin Police Officer was released Friday after his family had been given the results. According to a statement from the Joseph family, “Toxicology results only showed an antihistamine, marijuana, and Xanax” in David’s system.

“The autopsy also clearly shows there was some distance between Officer Freeman and David when the shots were fired, because there was no gunshot residue found on David’s body. The evidence from the medical examiner shows there was no up-close struggle where Officer Freeman had to pull his gun,” said Attorney Jeff Edwards.

APD Officer Geoffrey Freeman shot and killed 17-year-old Joseph on Feb. 8 in North Austin. Police were called out to a home on Yager Lane because of a reported disturbance. Witnesses told Freeman 911 was called after a man was seen chasing another man.

Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) responded to the autopsy Friday, saying Officer Freeman is waiving his right to a discipline meeting. Freeman “stands by his statements to the special investigations unit and internal affairs made during the exhaustive interview that spanned over multiple hours,” CLEAT’s statement said.

In a letter addressed to Austin police Chief Art Acevedo, Freeman’s attorney said, “Your statements and conduct prior to the completion of the investigation, including statements made to the media, activists, APD cadets and officers indicate that you are passing judgment on this case without regard to APD training, policy or the integrity of the investigation.

The attorney, Grant Goodwin, also said that those involved in the investigation “continue to disregard the law by leaking confidential information to the media and to activists…”

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