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Assignment 4: Criminal InvestigationCharles MeadorAC1500801J10.V.10.1 Criminal InvestigationAssignment 4: Criminal Investigation7/21/17There are several actions that are important for a detective to take to complete a successful investigation of an apparent murder scene. If not done correctly, this can make the difference in whether the case will be solved. First, the detective must prove that a crime has been committed. They must, then, gather evidence and identify suspects. Finally, they must build a case for trial. While the steps can overlap, the importance of each step and the consequences of not completing each task will be discussed below. For the following discussion, the apparent crime scene involves a deceased young man who has multiple stab wounds. The victim’s roommate is in the room and his shirt is covered in blood. A knife is on the floor. Uniformed officers are guarding the door and the roommate. First, you must establish that a crime has been committed. On the surface, this appears obvious in the scene described. The victim was stabbed multiple times. However, you have to rule out any accident or self-inflicted wounds or any underlying circumstances before declaring this event a homicide. When detectives skip this step because the crime seems obvious, it leaves the prosecution vulnerable when the defendant goes to trial. It is the job of the detective to makeas strong a case as possible to ensure justice is served.

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