The Homicide Bureau, led by Chief Gary W. Hackbush, 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.
Colleen Curtin Gable has been an assistant district attorney since September, 1992. She began her career as a prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney's Office, where she served for for 7 years. In 1999, Ms. Curtin Gable returned home to join the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, where she has prosecuted sexual assault, child abuse, and other felony cases, and has served as a supervisor in several bureaus. In January, 2009, she was assigned to the Homicide Bureau. In that capacity, she has handled many high-profile cases, including the horrific murder of Aasiya Zubair Hassan in Orchard Park. In December, 2015, Ms. Curtin Gable was named Homicide Bureau Chief, the first woman in Erie County to hold that position.
As Homicide Chief, she is responsible for the prosecution of all homicides (non-vehicular) in Erie County. She supervises homicide Assistant DAs and DA Investigators, while maintaining her own caseload. Ms. Curtin Gable is on-call 24 hours a day to advise police agencies on matters of charging, obtaining search warrants, evidence collection, witness and suspect interviews.
Ms. Curtin Gable is a graduate of Nardin Academy, Cornell University with distinction and Boston College Law School, cum laude. In addition to New York State, she is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in federal court in the Western District of New York. She is a lecturer for the New York State Prosecutors Training Institute and the Erie County Central Police Services Law Enforcement Academy.