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There is always talk about trying to determine a motive.  Does any part of the prosecution hinge on that?

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2 hours ago, Gombey said:

Three elements of a crime:

Motive
Knowledge
Opportunity

I believe if motive can be determined, the whole investigation begins to focus in on potential solutions/causes.  The lack of a motive is the same as a lack of any pattern, it's hard to solve any problem if there is no pattern to give you focus.

Statistics even expect an event to occur more than once.

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Motive show intent. Intent shows criminality. It's part of building a case from reasonable suspicion to probable cause.

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LE withheld the identity of the guy that just got killed in the church in Texas while they supposedly were searching for a motive.  It was pretty obvious that he did it, and he was dead.  What was the point?

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LE withheld the identity of the guy that just got killed in the church in Texas while they supposedly were searching for a motive.  It was pretty obvious that he did it, and he was dead.  What was the point?


Was he following orders from an actual person? Part of a cell? Just a nut job? Was this a targeted murder made to look like a mass shooting?

Motive is always important.

As far as not identifying the human waste, wouldn’t it suck if he had the same name as you and looked somewhat like you? Wouldn’t you want the authorities to make damn sure they identified the right guy? Also, OPSEC. You never know what other angles are being worked. Information can be a weapon.
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The media loves to talk about, "What was the motive" as a way to keep a story on the front page.

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