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IUPUI event explores homicides from crime scene to court


February 20, 2009

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A murder has been committed. What happens once the yellow crime scene tape goes up? And after the body is transported to the coroner’s office? How do judges, juries and attorneys handle evidence in the courtroom?


“Homicide Investigation: From Crime Scene to Court” explores how forensic science can make or break a case. IUPUI professors and local law enforcement experts will discuss the nuts and bolts of crime scene investigation, evidence collection and analysis, and evidence in the courtroom.

Mark A. Godsey of the Ohio Innocence Project and social advocate Melinda Elkins-Dawson will present the event’s keynote address. Elkins-Dawson worked with the Ohio Innocence Project to prove that her husband was not the person who murdered and raped her mother.

The half-day program is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2009, 7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. in the University Place Conference Center and Hotel (850 W. Michigan St.) on the IUPUI campus. Cost is $30 per person and includes lunch. Reservations may be made until February 27, 2009, at or by calling (317) 278-1720.

“Homicide Investigation” is sponsored by the Central Indiana Chapter of the Indiana University Alumni Association and the alumni associations of the IUPUI schools of Continuing Studies, Law-Indianapolis, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Public and Environmental Affairs, and Science.