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Homicide and Questioned Death Scene Determination and Reconstruction

Length of Seminar: 2.5 Days
Instructor: Thomas Martin

Course Objectives:

Each death scene presents itself differently, and it is important to identify the issue in each case. Is this scene a homicide, suicide, accident, or natural death? If the scene is a homicide investigation, does the evidence tell the story of a cold-blooded, premeditated murder, or a killing as a result of a momentary loss of control during a heated argument? Homicide and death scene investigators should recognize evidence or information to determine the manner of death and to support findings regarding culpability.

This course provides intensive training to help those who respond to homicide and questioned death scenes (including patrol officers, detectives, supervisors, medical examiner investigators, and lab personnel) investigate and interpret the scenes. Instruction will highlight the specific evidence that should be observed and documented in each particular death scene, with emphasis placed on collection of data and appropriate measurements for proper case documentation and subsequent event reconstruction. Case histories, photos, and videos of actual crime scenes will be used to illustrate concepts.

Upon Completion:
Participants will be able to:

Investigate and interpret homicide and questionable death scenes
Recognize evidence and other useful information
Recognize and interpret bloodstain patterns
Properly document, collect, and preserve blood evidence
Identify ballistics evidence
Handle the special needs of scenes involving child or self-inflicted deaths
Address domestic violence-related homicide scenes
Identify appropriate technology for obtaining and sharing information
Prepare for court testimony

 

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