Autopsy results show that an 18-year-old, Perry County star athlete died of a gunshot wound, not self-inflicted stab wounds, as he claimed to emergency medical personnel shortly before he died Thursday afternoon. An autopsy completed today shows that Alec Knight died of a shotgun wound to the stomach, according to New Augusta Police Chief Curtis Gates.
Gates says the autopsy revealed no evidence of a knife wound. Knight died at this mobile home around 4-30 p.m. According to first responders, knight claimed twice that he had stabbed himself. But, his girlfriend told authorities Knight had shot himself with a sawed-off shotgun.
Just 4 days before his death, Knight had been charged with simple assault for allegedly beating up a juvenile. Chief Gates says other forensic tests are scheduled on Knight's body and the weapon that may have caused his death.