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J10V CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION; A4_04 AC1307984J10V Criminal InvestigationAssignment 4_04Ashworth CollegeFebruary 29, 2016Windell Hinds
J10V CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION; A4_04 Abstract This paper is written in response to an assignment set by Ashworth College. The student is asked to respond as a detective called to the scene of a homicide in an apartment building. The deceased is a young male who has been stabbed numerous times. The roommate of the deceased man is present in the room, his shirt is covered with blood, and there is a knife on the floor. Uniformed officers are guarding the doors and the roommate. The student is asked to consider the four important actions that should be taken, discussing each of these fully, including how the actions should be taken, their importance, and consequences of not talking the actions. To respond to this assignment, the student undertook desk research, wrote and submitted this paper. Keywords: criminal investigation, homicide, actions
J10V CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION; A4_04 Introduction In this paper, the author will discuss the four important actions that must be taken by a detective called to the scene of a suspected homicide in an apartment building. It refers to the actions that the detective should take the importance of these actions, and the consequences of not taking these actions. The paper concludes that these actions impact the outcome of a prosecution, contributing directly to a guilty or innocent verdict. Establish that a crime has been committed The first and legally required action to be taken by the detective on arrival at the scene is to establish that a crime has been committed. This is done by examining the circumstances surrounding the crime and any physical evidence. Failure to determine the corpus delicti (Latin for “body of the crime”) of a suspected criminal activity would prevent the detective from undertaking any further investigation, and then no further investigative resources could be expended on the matter. Finding a body in the apartment would not in itself prove the crime of homicide – the death could have occurred, for example, by accident or suicide.

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