Criminology Experts Discuss Fatal Domestic Violence Incident


Domestic Violence Expert WitnessThis case involves a man who is accused of intentionally shooting his wife, although he alleges that it was an accident. The defendant was married to his wife for many years and was a parent to five children, all of whom were in the house on the day of the shooting. The defendant was handling a firearm that he used occasionally for hunting, during which time it discharged, killing his wife. The defendant claimed that he was attempting to clean the gun when it accidentally fired, striking his wife in the head and killing her almost instantly. None of the Defendant’s children witnessed the shooting happen, though all claimed to have heard the shot go off at the same time.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Do you have experience investigating accidental murders / domestic violence?

Expert Witness Response E-008173

I have previous experience investigating incidences of domestic violence, having served as a first responder and LEO to more than a thousand incidents that involved domestic violence. I have participated in investigations related to accidental shootings, where there was grievous bodily harm, but not death. I am astute in auditing, analysis and case review, and have conducted exhaustive inquiries into a wide variety of matters stemming from felony criminal incidents. I will be able to determine whether this incident was an accidental shooting. There are a number of different investigative techniques which I can employ, including an in depth ballistics analysis, which should help shed some light onto what happened here.

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