Homicide Investigations I


The Homicide I course of study will provide the attendee with the basic skills and competency to conduct a complete and thorough homicide investigation in order to prosecute the offender in a court of law. You will walk in the shoes of the Investigator from the time they arrive at the scene to the conclusion of the case. The attendee will be provided the skills to recognize and investigate other types of death investigations to a logical conclusion.

This course offers a case study to be discussed and examined in the class through evaluations, questions, and answers as well as a review of the evidence discovered by student observations. The attendees will evaluate whether the classification of the case should be accidental death, suicide, or homicide. This course is ideal for Crime Scene Technicians, Medical Examiner/Coroner Investigators, Supervisors, Military Investigators, Criminal Analysts, and Prosecuting Attorneys.

Class Description:

Manner of Death (Natural, Accidental, Suicide & Homicide)
Equivocal Death
Infant Death (SIDS & Child Abuse)
Death by Poisoning
Asphyxiation / Suffocation / Drowning
Electrocutions / Lightning Strikes
Fire Deaths
Comprehensive Examination of Suicide
Autoerotic Death
Homicide Crime Scene Investigations
Types of Homicide (Murder, Manslaughter, Excusable, Justifiable, etc.)
Time of Death (Algor Mortis, Livor Mortis & Rigor Mortis)
Identifying the Victim
Notifying the Next of Kin
The Autopsy
Modes of Death (Blunt Force Trauma, Stabbing, Gunshot Wounds, etc.)
Dealing With the Media
Decomposition (Autolysis / Putrefaction, Adipocere & Mummification)
Skeletal Remains
In-depth Examination of Gunshot Wounds (Contact, Intermediate & Distant)
Stabbing / Cutting / Chopping Wounds
Strangulation / Asphyxiation (Petechia & Hyoid damage)
Pattern Injuries
Defensive Wounds
The Area Canvass
Courtroom Presentation
Case Studies