Homicide_Investigation_JS_112_051710

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Homicide Investigation JS 112 051710
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Homicide Investigation Requires the greatest effort of all major  crimes Coordinate witnesses, suspect, officers,  forensic pathologist, criminalists, medical  examiner etc. Many disciplines, attention to detail Brings together many concepts of the  course
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Initial Steps Initial focus: Finding the body Rules of first officer on the scene still  apply. Find and collect all evidence Determination of suspicious death vs.  natural causes vs. accident or suicide
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Murder, Suicide or Accident? Suspect the worst- Murder Murderers have been known to make the death appear  to be an accident or suicide Systematic and accurate investigation can reveal the  deception Evaluate the circumstances revealed at the crime scene Questions:  What was the cause of death?  Could the deceased have produced the injuries or brought  about the circumstances that caused the death?   Are there any signs of a struggle?   Where is the weapon, instrument or object that caused the  injuries or traces of the medium that caused death?  
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Cause of Death The injury, disease, or combination of the  two which initiated the fatal train of  physiologic disturbances. Multiple Blunt Force Injuries Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Drowning Undetermined
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Manner of Death The fashion in which the cause of death  arose. Natural Accident Homicide Suicide Undetermined
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Reasons For Determining Cause  and Manner Innocent exonerated. Murder recognized. Compile medical evidence for  civil/criminal matters. Wrongful death suits. Suicide exclusion clauses. Recognition of hazards to public  health.
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Cause of Death Apparent cause of death vs Actual cause that will be  determined by the medical examiner Determining the cause of death represents a starting  point and assists in putting facts and circumstances  behind the death into focus. Investigator should have a working knowledge of  appearance of injuries and wounds in order to take first  steps in death investigation Erroneous estimate of the cause may lead the  investigation in a wrong direction and may even  jeopardize the ultimate solution of the crime Experience vs Expertise- Cooperation and teamwork with investigator and ME
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Suicide Self inflicted injuries or could have deceased  brought about the circumstances that caused  the death? Answer based on the evaluation of injuries and 
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