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struggle), checking for any physical evidence of forced entry to the property, conducting a walk-through investigation of the scene (Brown, M., 2001), photographing any evidence (knife, blood stains and broken furniture), checking for signs of a struggle (suggesting an altercation between the deceased and someone else), and interviewing all witnesses, particularly the blood-splattered roommate (a “consensual encounter”), with the intention of gathering statements that could lead to the roommate’s early elimination from enquiries or prosecution. Note that “The corpus delicti cannot be proved by statements made before or after the crime, but can be proved by statements made during the crime” (People vs. Carpenter, 1997). If the detective fails to determine the elements of the crime, it is unlikely that a suspect will be successfully prosecuted.The detective should photograph outside and inside the property, drawing a diagram of the crime scene and dusting for fingerprints, processing the crime scene by identifying, collecting, and packaging and initializing physical evidence from the crime scene (such as the knife and blood samples; for fingerprinting and DNA testing), and recording all statements made by witnesses, including neighbors. “The importance of gathering evidence: To assure a successful presentation in court, leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for acrime. To collect evidence about the crime that would help with the investigation. Preventing the suspect from destroying any evidence, that could incriminate him or linking him to the crime. Hence help identify the suspect and the victim. And provide legal evidence as proof of a crime”. Lasley, J., Guskos, N., & Seymour, R., (2014).
If the detective fails to gather sufficient evidence, it will not be possible to prove the crime (Lasley, J., Guskos, N., & Seymour, R., 2014). Also, if the detective fails to seize evidence properly, it will be suppressed or made unavailable. Note that suspects may destroy evidence that

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