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Gathering Evidence / Proof of the Crime The critical responsibilities that exists for detective investigators in conducting their duties demand that investigators learn to think and respond in a structured and accountable manner. In a criminal investigation like this one, there is often a multitude completing possibilities guiding the theory development of how a criminal incident occurred with circumstantial links pointing to who committed the crime. Completing theories and possibilities need to be examined and evaluated against the existing facts and physical exhibits, testimony from credible wittiness, or confession from the accused may satisfy the court beyond a reasonable doubt. Critically, the quality of investigation and competency of investigators will be demonstrated through the manner in which that evidence was located, preserved, analyzed, interpreted, and presented. The Law requires adequate proof of each element of the crime. In thisparticular investigation, the elements are likely to include: investigating the stab wounds on the young man’s body (identifying defense wounds and /or any wounds could suggest a struggle), checking for any physical evidence of forced entry to the property, conducting a walk-through
CRIMINAL JUSTICE 5investigation of the scene (Brown, M.,2001), photographing any evidence (knife, blood stains and broken furniture), checking for signs of struggle (suggesting an altercation between the deceased and someone else), and interviewing all of the witnesses, particularly the roommate. Build a Case for Trial“The importance of gathering evidence: To assure a successful presentation in court, leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime, 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 victim. And provide legal evidence as proof of a crime. (Lasley, J., Guskos, N., &