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Death Investigation/Homicide Terry M. Mors © 2006
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I. Introduction A. Investigators responsibility is to determine death was caused by criminal action B. Four types of death 1. Natural causes (heart attack, cancer, etc) 2. Accidental (falling, drowning, etc) 3. Suicide 1. Suicide is not a crime, but attempted suicide is (so we can get the person help) 4. Homicide (The intentional and unlawful taking of another's life) 1. Intent a. Intent and premeditation are different. Intent means you intended to do it, but could still be spontaneous. Premeditation is the calculated planning 2. Act
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C. Homicides may be made top look like suicide D. Degrees in Illinois. Murder is murder (plus): 1. Voluntary manslaughter (i.e. crimes of passion) 2. Involuntary manslaughter (i.e. reckless conduct) E. Felony murder F. Excusable homicide (The taking of another person's life under authorization by law. i.e. self-defense, war, etc)
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G. Death is easy to prove (Death certificate, etc) 1. It's more difficult to prove the cause of death, and who is responsible 2. Goals of homicide investigation a. Establish that death was caused by criminal action b. Determine who is responsible
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II. Homicide investigation
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2009 for the course LEJA 212 taught by Professor Mors during the Fall '08 term at Western Illinois University.

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