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Running head: J10V CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION A4_04 1 J10V Criminal Investigation Assignment 4_04 Ashworth College DATE NAME
J10V CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION A4_04 2 Abstract This paper is written in response to an assignment that was set forth by Ashworth College. The student is asked to respond as a detective who is called to the scene of a homicide in an apartment building. The deceased victim 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 and to discuss each of these fully, including how the actions should be taken, their importance, and what the consequences of not taking these actions would be. To respond to this assignment, the student has gathered and analyzed all the research, wrote and submitted this paper. Keywords: criminal investigation, homicide, actions
J10V CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION A4_04 3 Introduction For this scenario, I will discuss the four important actions that must be taken by a detective who has been called to the scene of a suspected homicide in an apartment building. I will point out and describe the actions that the detective should take, as well as the importance of these actions, and what the consequences of not taking these actions could cause. This paper will conclude that these actions impact the outcome of a prosecution, contributing directly to an innocent or guilty verdict. Establish that a crime has been committed The first, and legally required, action that has to be taken by the detective upon arrival at the scene is to establish that a crime has in-fact been committed. This is done by examining the circumstances surrounding the crime itself and any physical evidence that is found. Failure to determine the corpus delicti (body of the crime) of the 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 that the crime is a homicide, but only that a death did in fact occur, for example, by accident or suicide. The detective should start by ensuring the scene is completely safe and secure. This should then be followed up by speaking with the first responder(s) to gather as much information as possible regarding the initial state of the scene, which should include but not limited to any physical evidence and witnesses, and any actions that had been taken prior to the detective’s

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