The pathologist counted 21 wounds on Nick Leonard’s head. His skull was shattered.

One blow to Margaret Brown’s skull caused a fracture so severe, it would have caused death instantly, the doctor testified. Duct tape covered her mouth and chin, zip ties bound her wrists and two garbage bags were taped over her head.

A pathologist told a jury of the injuries during the murder trial this week of Adam Matos, accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, her parents and her new boyfriend in Hudson three years ago.

Dr. Noel Palma, a forensic pathologist with the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office, detailed the way in which each of the four was killed: two by beating, two by gunfire.

The bodies were found Sept. 4, 2014, near a berm on an isolated country road less than a mile from the Brown family’s home, the doctor testified. Margaret Brown and Nick Leonard were both beaten severely. Megan and Greg Brown were both shot.

Matos is accused of four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of the Browns and Leonard. If found guilty, he could face the death penalty.

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