Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Paramedic Testifies 'It Didn't Feel Right' ; McDowell Trial Continues

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Paramedic Testifies 'It Didn't Feel Right' ; McDowell Trial Continues

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A paramedic testified Tuesday at Racxon McDowell's murder trial that he was unable to revive Rachel Lomax despite working on her for 33 minutes and exhausting his medical supplies. "I got no signs of life," said Dylan Woods, the AMR paramedic called to Lomax's apartment on the morning of June 3, 2012.

Woods said he finally consulted with a physician and then called her time of death at 11:02 a.m.

McDowell, 32, is on trial in Vanderburgh Superior Court on charges of murdering Lomax, obstruction of justice and false informing.

Woods testified that what he saw in the apartment when he arrived did not match the information he had received from dispatchers.

"It didn't feel right," he said.

Woods said he was dispatched for a patient in cardiac or respiratory arrest and was told CPR was being given to the person.

However, Woods said when he arrived at the upstairs apartment at 2759 Mount Vernon Ave., Mc-Dowell was on the front balcony waiting. Woods said McDowell told him that Lomax had taken six sleeping pills before they went to sleep and that when he woke up she was passed out in the bathroom.

Woods said McDowell also told him that he had not given her CPR but had tried to revive her by splashing water on her and then dragged her into the bedroom.

Inside, Woods said the kitchen was in disarray as if a struggle had taken place there.

"Then I started observing bruises and marks on her neck and face," he said. "I saw scratches on his face. He said she got in a fight at a bar last night."

Dr. Allen Griggs, who performed an autopsy on Lomax for the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office, testified Tuesday that he ruled her death homicide caused by a large tearing of her liver.

The injury caused massive internal bleeding, Griggs said. So much so that he measured nearly three-fourths of her body's total blood volume had bled into her chest cavity. …

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