A hypothetical situation. One morning a dead man is found lying on
the "four corners" marker, the place where Utah, Colorado, Arizona,
and New Mexico meet. He has been shot, so it's clearly homicide.
The body is lying on its stomach, with its navel roughly over the
four corners point. It has not been posed or arranged, all
indications are that the location is simply where he fell. The
autopsy shows that some time elapsed between the shot and
his death, enough that he might have walked several yards before
collapsing. The position of the body, etc, make it impossible to
determine which direction he was walking from. There are parts
of him in all four states.
Which state has jurisdiction, investigates, prosecutes, etc? Or is
it considered a federal crime because of the "interstate" nature?
Bear in mind that it cannot be established with any certainty where
the killer and victim were when the murder happened; they might have
both been in the same state, or they might have been in two different
A good question but a bad spot for the example
Let's make it a more general question. A crime is committed near
a state border, and the circumstances and evidence make it
impossible to determine which state the crime was committed
in. Which state handles the matter? Or do the feds handle it?
BTW, sorry about the header problem. I submitted the post via Google
Groups, and I was using a Google Chrome browser. My PC uses Windows
7, 64 bit, "ultimate" edition. I don't know if that information
helps, but there it is.
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