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ROOMMATE STABBING 1 Kayla M. Hoshall ID: AC1803262 J10J Criminal Investigations Assignment 4: Roommate Stabbing Date: 10/27/2018
ROOMMATE STABBING 2 Step 1: Establish that a crime has been committed The first action the detective needs to take upon arriving at the scene is establishing that a crime has indeed been committed. The circumstances surrounding the crime and any physical evidence needs to be examined. Failure to determine the corpus delicti (“body of the crime”) of suspected criminal activity would prevent any further investigation, and no further resources could be expended on the matter. Finding a body in the apartment would not alone prove the crime of homicide – because the death could have occurred by suicide or accident. The second action should be ensuring that the scene is safe and secure. Then first responder(s) need to be spoken to, so all information regarding the initial evaluation of the scene, physical evidence, witnesses, and any actions that had been taken prior to the detective’s arrival are documented. With this information gathered the detective can establish reasonable suspicion and probable cause, since both are required by the Fourth Amendment to proceed in the investigation, as well as exigent circumstances justifying a warrantless search. One element that will be investigated first is the stab wounds to the young man’s body; this will identify defense wounds and/or wounds that may suggest a struggle. Moreover, the property will be checked for any physical evidence of forced entry, a walk-through investigation of the scene will occur, any evidence such as the knife, blood stains and broken furniture will be

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