Dna Evidence And The Phone Records

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Most of the evidence gathered in this case seems to be circumstantial. There is no direct evidence, which is ultimately why the charges were dismissed against Pape and Smith, along with the legal issues during the proceedings. The most important piece of evidence has to be the DNA evidence and the phone records. DNA evidence was found connecting Smith to the scene. A business card was near a wheelbarrow that Becky, one of the victims, was found dead in that had DNA matching Smith’s. Also, the business card was for a Catholic ministry, a church Pape’s mother volunteered at. This could not have been a coincidence because the likelihood of a random match is very slim. This DNA evidence was the only forensic evidence found at the time of the…show more content…
Shoe prints and tire tracks were also found at the scene. However, as investigation went on, they were unable to find the shoe that matched the print. Investigators concluded that Vicki Friedli was most likely shot with a .40-caliber handgun, possibly a Glock. Hayward, Vicki’s boyfriend and one of the victims of the killing, was shot with a 12-gauge shotgun. In 2007, after a search in Pape’s then home, authorities found the shotgun and shells that could have possibly been used for the weapons killing the victims. Furthermore, a Glock holster was found, but not the actual Glock. With the evidence mentioned, there was enough for an arrest. But ultimately, it was not enough to find both suspects guilty. (Whetstone & Newkirk, 2014)
Social Impact Informal social controls are any tools that are used to control behavior in everyday social life. Some main examples of informal social control include friends, families, and communities. Formal social controls are mechanisms used by the government to regulate and control human behavior and to make people in the society follow laws and conform to norms. The most important tools include the criminal justice system and the criminal law. (Owen, Fradella, Burke, & Joplin, 2012) Informal social controls are a big part of forming the basis of the socialization
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