Deceased professional poker gamer Susie Zhao was burned alive after being sexually assaulted– and left so severely charred that the men who found her body thought it was a Halloween-style prank, a court has heard.
The 33-year-old gamer, understood in poker circles as “Susie Q,” had black carbon in her air passage after being discovered in Michigan in July, recommending “she was alive while being burned,” deputy medical inspector Dr. Andrew Hanosh told a hearing Monday, according to video aired on Fox 2 Detroit.
” It was extensively burned,” Hanosh said, estimating “at least 90% of the body’s surface area” was affected, with her hair also burned off.
It was so gruesome that the men who stumbled across her body in White Lake had no idea it was human, one of the men, Ronald Granville, affirmed.
“It was hard to tell if it was Halloween prank [or] mannequin that was burned,” Granville said, according to Fox 2.
There was also blood in between her legs with comprehensive damage to her genitals, the court heard.
The current gruesome information came during an initial hearing into murder charges against 60-year-old founded guilty sex transgressor Jeffrey Bernard Morris, the report stated.
Morris and Zhao both was in room number 7 at Sherwood Motel in Waterford– not at the same time– and Morris’ phone records tied him to where the body was discarded, the court reportedly heard.
Morris was ordered bound over for trial on first-degree murder charges, Fox 2 stated.
Zhao had actually generated nearly a quarter-million dollars in poker profits since 2009, according to an online poker database. Since 2009, she won $187,441 at World Series of Poker occasions, her WSOP gamer profile shows.
No evidence has been found indicating that poker or betting was connected to Zhao’s passing and an intention has actually not yet been released.