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NCJ Number: 156795 Find in a Library
Title: Investigating Domestic Homicides
Journal: Law Enforcement Quarterly  Dated:(August-October 1995)  Pages:15-17,38-39
Author(s): K Wells
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides guidelines for the investigation and prosecution of domestic homicides.
Abstract: In most homicide cases, the first issue for the investigator is determination of the killer's identity. In domestic violence cases, however, the killer is usually readily identifiable. Once evidence of identity is established either through defendant admissions or irrefutable evidence, the defense usually shifts to the limiting of the defendant's culpability, i.e, voluntary manslaughter, provocation, or diminished capacity (under the influence of drugs or alcohol). The challenge in every domestic homicide case is to prove the defendant's conduct was murder rather than manslaughter. Investigative techniques should include immediate interviews with children in the family, other relatives, witnesses, and the defendant. Immediate, recorded interviews are particularly important with family members, because often witnesses related to the defendant will recant their incriminating statements. A thorough investigation of any previous incidents of violence involving the defendant and the victim should be conducted to establish motive and intent.
Main Term(s): Homicide victims
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Family homicide; Homicide investigations; Investigative techniques; Police domestic violence training; Prosecution
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