Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Criminal Justice

Degree Program

Criminal Justice, MS

Committee Chair

Campbell, Bradley

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Nix, Justin

Committee Member

Nix, Justin

Committee Member

Vito, Gennaro

Committee Member

Schaefer, Brian

Committee Member

Higgins, George

Author's Keywords

homicide; investigation; intimate partner homicide; moral time; sentence outcome; charges


Previous literature explores the many dimensions of homicide investigations, including case and individual characteristics, evidence and investigative activities. However, little research delves into situational characteristics and their relationship to specific homicides, charge severity sought by prosecutors and sentence length given to homicide offenders. The current study sampled homicide cases (N=68) to gather baseline information and data regarding judicial outcomes. Donald Black’s Theory of Moral Time (2011) is tested and utilized as the study’s conceptual framework for the study’s hypotheses.