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ASSIGNMENT 04J10 Criminal InvestigationDirections: Be sure to make an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English spelling and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response should be four (4) pages in length; refer to the "Assignment Format" page for specific format requirements.This assignment is comprised of four different parts that will show your learning of various course objectives from Lessons 1, 2, 3, and 4.You are a detective called to the scene of a homicide in an apartment building. The deceased 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. There are four (4) important actions you must take; discuss each of these fully including how the actions should be taken, their importance, and consequences of not taking the actions.IntroductionFor 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.

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