Project 1
For this assignment the student will prepare a mock crime scene sketch. Information from the scenario should be included in the sketch as well as the following:

  • Case Number
  • Investigator name and title
  • Address of crime scene
  • Date and time of incident
  • Date and time sketch was created
  • Victim and/or suspect
  • Type of offense
  • Measurements and scale
  • Legend
  • Directionality coordinates

Crime Scene Scenario:
 On December 12, 2013, a double homicide occurred at 2122 Hidden Dr. The victims were identified as Mark Ling who is an Asian male age 26 and Tara Miracle who is a Caucasian female age 23. The victims were step siblings who shared a bottom level apartment in downtown Jacksonville, Florida and had lived there approximately a year and a half. Mark was found 3’ from the front door alcove area face down with his head pointed towards the front door located on the east wall. His left arm is at a right angle and a hunting knife inches from his clutched left hand. His right arm is stretched out away from his body and there is a pool of blood under the right arm extending to the hip area. He appears to have a close range bullet entry wound to the right side.
 To the north of Mark is a wall with high velocity Bloodspatter. To the west of Mark is an 18’ x 16’ kitchen area. On the south wall of the kitchen is counter space where a silverware drawer is open.  The stove and refrigerator are on the west wall and a kitchen table with two chairs is situated in the northeast corner.
 South of the entry alcove is a living room area with a big screen television on the east wall and two wing back chairs and a coffee table located northwest of the east wall and about 10’ from Mark’s body. The entire living room area is 20’x 26’.   Located along the west wall of the living room is a couch. The female victim is slumped over slightly north of the center of the couch with a stab wound to the chest. Approximately 18 inches from the north end of the couch is a semi-automatic gun. A casing is located 1’ from Tara’s left foot on an oval rug which extends slightly past both ends of the couch.
 Along the south wall of the living room is a sliding glass door leading out to a small 10’ x 10’ patio area. The door is slightly open and three beer cans are scattered on the concrete patio floor. In the northwest corner of the patio is a small round plastic table. On the table is a crackpipe which is still warm.
 In order to draw your crime scene sketch, use a free trial version of a forensics-related software program such as crimezone which can be found at:Crime ZoneSubmit your finalized sketch as a .jpg file in the assignment area. Additional Drawing Software Programs:

  • SmartDraw (Free trial offer)
  • SketchUp (Free)
  • Gimp (Free)
  • Inkscape (Free)

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