Following the evidence: multiple agencies responsible for major crime …

June 5th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

GLENBURN Maine — A combination of old school detective techniques paired with the latest in DNA profiling and quick computer analysis of social media sites and cell phones led investigators to the man they believe killed 15-year-old Nichole Cable in less than a week.

The Cable case is a prime example of how state and local agencies work together to solve major crimes in Maine. It’s a system developed to cover a large geographic area with limited financial resources.

“Nobody has it all,” Deputy Chief Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said in reference to the resources and specially trained personnel needed to solve major crimes.

Challenges abound, such as keeping up with the latest crime lab techniques and computer technologies — including social media and mobile communication devices — that were nonexistent just a few years ago.

“When I started back 35 years ago, you had fingerprints, you had ballistics and you had, maybe, some hair analysis,” Assistant Attorney General William Stokes, who leads the criminal division in the Maine attorney general’s office, said recently. “Now, you have so much more.”

Stokes also said that the state’s attorney general’s office, which prosecutes all homicides in Maine, often deal with the “‘CSI’ effect” in which juries and the public expect quick, dramatic case-solving like that seen on the popular TV series.

Nowadays, “people see the justice system through the TV set,” Stokes said. “In 40 minutes it’s unwrapped before you.”

Shows such as “CSI” have facets of truth, but do not illustrate all

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