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Quantitative Analysis of High Velocity Bloodstain Patterns: A Double Blind Investigation of Impact Velocity Assessment

Award Information

Award #
2010-DN-BX-K039
Location
Awardee County
Yolo
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2010
Total funding (to date)
$248,799

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $248,799)

The goal of this study is to establish statistically significant classifications of blood spatter patterns resulting from the interactions between a weapon, suspect and victim. Specifically, a "medium velocity" spatter pattern is usually attributed to blunt force injury, while a "high velocity" pattern is typically attributed to a gunshot wound. The differentiation between these classifications, however, is often qualitative and controversial. This study will provide objective and quantitative methods for the differentiation of medium and high velocity bloodstain patterns.

ca/ncf

Date Created: August 29, 2010