Background: Self-defense is legitimate both in common law and in civil law systems. Nevertheless, there remains the age-old question for the prosecutor to identify the limit between the righteous self-defense and the self-defense with excessive force. In these cases, the gathering of all evidence by a forensic multidisciplinary team is essential to provide the necessary data for the prosecutor’s evaluation. Case presentation: The case of a 55-year-old man who was killed in front of his neighbor’s house is described. The prosecutor alerted the forensic team, classifying the crime as a gunshot homicide. The neighbor immediately admitted his responsibility as self-defense. Moreover, the relatives of the victim told a different version of the story, assuring that the neighbor had killed him for futile motivations. For these reasons, the prosecutor established further investigations, such as autopsy, the K-9 unit exploration, and alerting the forensic biologist for analysis. Conclusions: This case aims to highlight the teamwork of multidisciplinary forensic expertise to solve complex cases; moreover, combining ultra-specialist forensic activities, such as the K-9 unit, it is possible to collect all the evidence to submit to the prosecutor for the formulation of judgment.

A multidisciplinary approach is mandatory to solve complex crimes: A case report / Ferrara, M.; Sessa, F.; Rendine, M.; Spagnolo, L.; De Simone, S.; Riezzo, I.; Ricci, P.; Pascale, N.; Salerno, M.; Bertozzi, G.; Maglietta, F.. - In: EGYPTIAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES. - ISSN 2090-5939. - 9:1(2019), pp. 1-7. [10.1186/s41935-019-0116-8]

A multidisciplinary approach is mandatory to solve complex crimes: A case report

Ferrara M.;
2019

Abstract

Background: Self-defense is legitimate both in common law and in civil law systems. Nevertheless, there remains the age-old question for the prosecutor to identify the limit between the righteous self-defense and the self-defense with excessive force. In these cases, the gathering of all evidence by a forensic multidisciplinary team is essential to provide the necessary data for the prosecutor’s evaluation. Case presentation: The case of a 55-year-old man who was killed in front of his neighbor’s house is described. The prosecutor alerted the forensic team, classifying the crime as a gunshot homicide. The neighbor immediately admitted his responsibility as self-defense. Moreover, the relatives of the victim told a different version of the story, assuring that the neighbor had killed him for futile motivations. For these reasons, the prosecutor established further investigations, such as autopsy, the K-9 unit exploration, and alerting the forensic biologist for analysis. Conclusions: This case aims to highlight the teamwork of multidisciplinary forensic expertise to solve complex cases; moreover, combining ultra-specialist forensic activities, such as the K-9 unit, it is possible to collect all the evidence to submit to the prosecutor for the formulation of judgment.
2019
crime scene reconstruction; forensic canine unit; genetic analysis; touch DNA
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A multidisciplinary approach is mandatory to solve complex crimes: A case report / Ferrara, M.; Sessa, F.; Rendine, M.; Spagnolo, L.; De Simone, S.; Riezzo, I.; Ricci, P.; Pascale, N.; Salerno, M.; Bertozzi, G.; Maglietta, F.. - In: EGYPTIAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES. - ISSN 2090-5939. - 9:1(2019), pp. 1-7. [10.1186/s41935-019-0116-8]
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