Homicide Evidence Gathering Process

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Homicide Evidence Gathering Process Without evidence and investigations to follow it would never be known whom to hold liable for committing a crime. The goal of the homicide evidence gathering process is to uncover, compile, and protect all tangible evidence that could help investigators recreate the crime scene or what happened. This type of evidence gathering could potentially lead them to the perpetrator or all parties involved with the crime; and also careful investigation could stand up in court to get a conviction for the offender(s). This paper will detail the major sources of evidence required for a homicide investigation and ultimately a conviction for the crime of homicide. The following shall be examined: Blood spatter evidence; DNA testing; Crime scene preservation; Evidence chain of custody; Crime laboratory procedures; Ballistics; Fingerprint technology; and Trial testimony. BLOOD SPATTER EVIDENCE…show more content…
According to the NFSTC, “From what may appear to be a random distribution of bloodstains at a crime scene, analysts can categorize the stains by gathering information from spatter patterns, transfers, voids and other marks that assist investigators in recreating the sequence of events that occurred after bloodshed (NFSTC,2009). Even though blood flows through the body as liquid, yet it can exit the body in various ways depending on what type of injury is inflicted. For example, blood can flow, drip, spray, spurt, gush or just ooze from wounds (NFSTC, 2009).There are three basic types that bloodstains are categorized by: passive, transfer, and projected/impact

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