1. A basic requirement in a homicide investigation is to establish whether death was caused by a criminal action. In each of the scenarios below establish if the case is a homicide and if so, explain how the time of death is estimated.
1. You have been called to a homicide scene where a body has been found. It is your job to determine the probable cause of death and determine what stage of decomposition the body is in. When you arrive at the scene, you notice the body appears to be in the mummification process and there are two neat, clean holes with blackish-gray rings around their edges on the body. What is your determination?
2. You have been called to homicide scene where a body has been found. It is your duty to determine the probable cause of death and determine how long the person has been missing from their home. Upon arrival, you notice that there are a great number of insects on and around the body. You also notice the body is dark green and there is a foul odor emanating directly from the body. Given these clues determine what stage of composition the body is in and discuss how you came to your conclusion.
The five categories of death are: natural, accidental, suicide, homicide(noncriminal and criminal), and undetermined (could not be determined).
In this exercise I would like for you to identify each of the categories (define) and give an example of each. Do not make this a hard exercise (keep it simple).