Updated: Aug 23

In December of 2014, a judge in Wake County sentenced Sinatra Dunn to 12 years in prison for first-degree murder. WRAL reports that Dunn had been arrested and charged with second-degree murder of Raleigh taxi driver Ralph Smith 43 years ago. Although Dunn plead guilty in 1971, ντετεκτιβ, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him at the time and he was released. A fresh break came in the case when he confessed to a detective who had re-opened the investigation.

Dunn’s sister, Jessie Jackson, contends that he has become a changed man in all of those years, turning away from drug addiction, addressing his struggles with mental illness, and accepting Christ. The granddaughter of the victim, ντετεκτιβ, Monica Taylor, said she commended Dunn’s moral turnaround, his confession, and his subsequent acceptance of the punishment.

Sinatra Dunn confessed and apologized in court Tuesday for the death of Ralph Smith. Dunn said he was an angry young man when he shot and killed Smith.

He admitted to the crime 43 years later when a detective picked up the cold case this past summer.



According to the prosecutor, Dunn told the detective he planned to skip out on the fare, but Smith fought with him and during the struggle Dunn fired one shot from .22 caliber pistol. Smith died next to his cab and the crime went unsolved.

Smith's family said they are glad that Dunn has since found Christ and that they have forgiven him now that they have closure.

In court Tuesday, Dunn stood and apologized to the victim's family.

"It's hard to address someone's family after crime like this, but I want to say to the Smith family that I don't expect you to forgive me, but I'm glad you all got some closure and I'm so sorry," he said.

Smith's family agreed to a second-degree murder plea deal for Dunn, and the judge sentenced him to 12 years in prison.

Court officials estimate that he could be out in two to five years.



Updated: Aug 23

The Crime Scene

As soon as the police receive a call that a crime has been committed or is in progress, ντετεκτιβ, they send officers to the scene. The officers may be able to catch the criminal right on the scene. The officers will then arrest this person and take them to the police station or the county jail for booking.

However, even if the police caught the perpetrator red-handed, they will still collect evidence at the scene of the crime to support a criminal sentence. This evidence collection will include interviewing all of the potential witnesses at the scene. A site investigation will also be conducted, which may include taking pictures, measurements, taking forensic evidence, making general observations, and taking objects that may be connected to the crime.

At all times, the police and their employees must obey the Fourth Amendment's rules for permissible search and seizure. This means, generally, that if the police want to search any private property, they must first obtain a warrant or have probable cause that would allow a search without a warrant. Ντετεκτιβ.

Interviewing Witnesses

When the police officers conduct interviews, ντετεκτιβ, they're looking to establish the facts of the case, trying to figure out what happened and who might be responsible. Often, they'll interview witnesses separately so that they can have each person's individual recollection of the events.

The police will want to talk to people who have personal knowledge of the crime. In order to have personal knowledge, the witness needed to have seen, heard, smelled, tasted, or touched something first hand. The police will carefully document these witness statements along with the police officer's observations about the witness, so that the information will be available to future police officers, detectives, and prosecutors.

Law Enforcement Observations

A key component of any criminal investigation is the observations of the police officers. Police officers are trained to observe and notice details. Ντετεκτιβ, They will note the position of weapons, blood stains, clothing, weather and any other detail that might explain the crime or the criminal behavior.

Physical and Forensic Evidence

The police will also collect physical evidence at the crime scene. This may include taking photographs, measurements, fingerprints, blood samples, and taking any objects that may be related to the crime. Each bit of evidence must then be properly recorded and documented. Physical items will be collected using gloves to preserve fingerprints and to limit contamination. If the crime warrants it, forensic evidence, ντετεκτιβ, like fingerprints, blood, or saliva found at the scene will be gathered and sent to labs for analysis.

The evidence items will be placed in a special bag that will be properly marked so it can be identified later. The chain of custody for each piece of evidence will be established starting with the person who collected it and then each transfer of that evidence will be documented to establish an unbroken chain from the time of collection to presentation at trial.

Custodial Interrogations

The go to tool for most criminal investigations is the interrogation of suspects with the intention to trying to get a confession. While, forensic evidence receives lots of attention and is a valuable weapon in the war on crime, it is expensive and time consuming. An interrogation will often result in results much faster and certainly much cheaper.

Police officers and detectives are skilled interrogators. They have studied human behavior and body language. Interrogation is a science. Detectives know how to gain a suspect's trust and how to manipulate them into a confession. While the police must not violate a person's Miranda and constitutional rights in order to obtain a confession, they are still allowed a lot of latitude. For instance, the police can lie to a suspect. They also can engage in subterfuge or trick a suspect.



They may repeat words or phrases

This happens because they're trying to convince you, and themselves, of something, she says. "They're trying to validate the lie in their mind." For example, ντετεκτιβ, ντετέκτιβ, he or she may say: "I didn't...I didn't..." over and over again, Glass said. The repetition is also a way to buy themselves time as they attempt to gather their thoughts, she added.

They may provide too much information

When someone goes on and on and gives you too much information — information that is not requested and especially an excess of details ντετέκτιβ στο Μαρούσι και ντετεκτιβ στην Γλυφάδα— there is a very high probability that he or she is not telling you the truth," wrote Glass. "Liars often talk a lot because they are hoping that, with all their talking and seeming openness, others will believe them."

They may touch or cover their mouth

A telltale sign of lying is that a person will automatically put their hands over their mouth when they don't want to deal with an issue or answer a question," says Glass. "When adults put their hands over their lips, ντετεκτιβ, ντετέκτιβ, ανιχνευτης ψευδους it means they aren't revealing everything, and they just don't want to tell the truth," she says. "They are literally closing off communication."

They tend to instinctively cover vulnerable body parts

This may include areas such as the throat, chest, head, or abdomen.

"I have often seen this in the courtroom when I work as a consultant for attorneys. I can always tell when someone's testimony has hit a nerve with the defendant, when I see his or her hand covering the front of his/her throat," said Glass.



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