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Amanda VegaAC160839Criminal Investigation Assignment 4March 7th, 2017
HomicideThe first 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. The detective should start by ensuring the scene is totally secure and safe. This should then be followed by speaking with the first responder(s) to gather as much information as possible regarding the initial state of the scene, any physical evidence and witnesses, and any actions that had been taken prior to the detective’s arrival. With this information, the detective can establish reasonable suspicion (the situation leads the detective to suspect a crime has taken place) and probable cause (there are facts and circumstances that would lead a reasonable person to believe a crime has taken place),which are required by the Fourth Amendment for investigations to proceed, along with exigent circumstances that justify a warrant-less search (Bendert, J. & Bradley, R., 2011).Referring to the jurisdiction statutes of this location, the detective must now gather information on all relevant elements. The law requires adequate proof of each element of the crime. In this particular investigation, the elements are likely to include investigating the stab
wounds to the young man’s body (identifying defense wounds and/or wounds suggesting a

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