The Homicide Bureau investigates and prosecutes all homicides. Cases are developed by assistant district attorneys through the use of forensic evidence, fingerprint and ballistic evidence, autopsies and DNA testing. They also routinely participate in the interview of suspects and the preparation of search warrants, making certain that these investigative techniques do not run afoul of the often complex legal pitfalls that could be fatal to a successful criminal prosecution.
The Homicide Bureau Chief, Colleen Curtin Gable, is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to maintaining a full caseload, prosecutors assigned to the Homicide Bureau frequently confer with the police and direct homicide investigations. These duties typically are exercised during the late evening or early morning hours. The Homicide Bureau also maintains a second chair program; i.e., prosecutors from other bureaus are mentored in investigation, preparation and trial technique by assisting a veteran homicide prosecutor.