“Our biggest thing is actually getting the case to trial,” Newman said. “A lot of cases never get that far because they were not managed properly.”
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Investigators from several local agencies are attending the training, including the Urbana Police Division, Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Bellefontaine Police Division, Highland County Sheriff’s Office and the Butler Township Police Department.
This training will be valuable to all communities, Champaign County Sheriff Matthew Melvin said in a statement.
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“Its main purpose is to correct mistakes made during the handling and collection of evidence, and know what to look for,” he said. “That’s the way you learn. You learn from the mistakes of the past.”
The number of unsolved homicides nationally has increased greatly in the past few decades, Newman said.
“What we try to focus on are the principles that we encounter in every death investigation and then focus on managing the scene through those principles,” he said.