Homicide Case Procedure

Homicide Case Procedure

Initial Response

  • You can expect 100% effort from all homicide detectives.
  • We cannot predict or guarantee results.
  • We cannot control when information becomes available.
  • We will follow the case until the end; statutes of limitations do not apply to homicides.


  • Following a homicide, the lead investigators contact the victim’s immediate family. We make every effort to notify the family within 24 hours.
  • Within a few days, a Victim-Witness Resource Officer contacts the family to offer helpful resources and support.
  • We cannot always answer questions without compromising the investigation. Please understand that this does not mean that we are simply withholding information from you.
  • It is crucial for family and friends to share information with detectives about the victim’s history because it may be significant to the case.
  • If the detectives do not consider the victim’s property to be evidence or critical to the case, they will return the items to family when appropriate.

Media Reports

  • Understand that media reports and interviews can affect an investigation and prosecution.
  • If family and friends choose to speak with the media, it is recommended that they focus on what the victim’s loss meant to them and should not be about the investigation.


  • An arrest merely serves as another step in an investigation and prosecution. It does not signify the primary objective in a homicide case.
  • We meticulously and thoroughly investigate all cases to ensure effective prosecution.
  • Since a case is built on legal requirements, rules of procedure must be followed.
  • Witness availability, cooperation, and truthfulness is paramount.
  • You can expect notifications when a case is transferred to new detectives, major developments occur, and/or arrests are made.

Solved Cases

  • Victim-Witness Advocates from the District Attorney’s Office will contact the family when arraignments occur.
  • Grand Jury proceedings are closed to the public and should remain confidential if you are called to appear.
  • Trials can be long and grueling. Victim-witness advocates can provide support and resources during this time.