Murder investigations and the trial verdict
September 24, 2013 12:25 PM Subscribe
If a defendant is found not-guilty following a murder trial do the police re-open the case and continue to search for the true murderer?
posted by mousepad to law & government (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested to know how police handle murder cases with respect to trial verdicts. Let's say for example a husband is suspected of murdering his wife and the police, District Attorney et al have enough evidence to send him to trial. They believe he committed the crime. But a jury disagrees and finds the man not-guilty of the murder, which also means (if the trial system isn't utterly flawed) that the actual murderer remains at large. What do the police do with the case at this point? Will they have already closed it? Would they re-open the case post trial and continue searching for the true person responsible for the crime?
To phrase it another way, will the police now try to help this man find the person who murdered his wife?