Murdered pro poker player Susie Zhao was burned alive after being sexually assaulted — and left so badly charred that the men who found her body thought it was a Halloween-style prank, a court has heard.
The 33-year-old player, known in poker circles as “Susie Q,” had soot in her airway after being found in Michigan in July, suggesting “she was alive while being burned,” deputy medical examiner 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, testified.
“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