The Rutledge defense team called Dr. William E. Lee III, a tenured professor at the University of South Florida in biomedical engineering. Keith Davis, lead defense attorney, has been carrying Dr. Lee through the science behind “fall impact speed.” Some of the testimony includes the “g force” involved in falls. The g force calculated for a fall, according to Lee, can get to 200 “g’s” for an unobstructed fall to the ground.
Davis ushered Dr. Lee through the possibility of a fall from a height of three feet, as to represent a possible fall from a couch and what the damage that would be comparatively incurred from a tee ball bat. The bat has been noted as a possible weapon in the skull fracture suffered by the victim.