Both men struggle, the first one takes the gun from the assailant, shoots him in the leg and enters his house leaving the other immobilized in the garden. A neighbor, I testify, calls the police while the man leaves his house in the direction of the assailant, kneels in front of him and shoots him in the head, killing him.
This was a real-life case that happened in the United States and that the 5th-year law school students simulated to learn how evidence is collected at a crime scene and how they are presented at trial.
The activity was a module of the Forensic Science course taught by the invited professor Anita Zannin. The module was carried out from November 4 to 8, the first days the students received an introduction of the different types of crime scene, investigation at the crime scene, analysis of blood spots and ballistics, among other topics.
The last days were devoted to the investigation of the crime scene of the simulated case and the subsequent trial to determine if the accused was guilty of murder or if the circumstances of the case led him to act as he did.
The prosecution and the defense presented their arguments, called witnesses and experts and questioned the evidence provided to the process by the counterpart. At the end of the trial, the jury deliberated and acquitted the defendant.
Anita Zannin visits Francisco Marroquín University every year at this time with the purpose of teaching the investigation module at the crime scene. She is an expert in forensic medicine and veterinary forensics. He has an MS in Forensic Science from Syracuse University, a BS in Forensic Chemistry from the State University of New York and another in Criminal Justice from College at Buffalo.
Forensic science is an interdisciplinary field that uses criminalistic methods, as well as physical, medical, computer and biological sciences to evaluate and use physical evidence related to civil and criminal matters.
The aim of the Forensic Science course is to provide students with scientific tools for their academic development as examiners of physical evidence, tools that will also be complementary to the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedural Law courses.