Ev­i­dence tech­ni­cians work hard to fa­cil­i­tate crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions

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Rub­ber gloves, yel­low tape, a flash­light, cam­era and plenty of pa­tience — th­ese are some of the tools of the trade for the men and women who col­lect and process ev­i­dence as part of the fight against crime.

While slick, prime-time TV shows might have view­ers be­lieve oth­er­wise, col­lect­ing and pro­cess­ing ev­i­dence to build a case is of­ten more about rig­or­ous, me­thod­i­cal pro­ce­dures than ex­otic tech­niques and wind­blown mod­els peer­ing through mi­cro­scopes.

Spe­cial Agent Ce­cil Hutchins, a crime scene spe­cial­ist with the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, first caught the crime scene sci­ence bug 14 years ago when he was work­ing drug cases. One night, he over­heard a death in­ves­ti­ga­tion over the ra­dio and went out to the site, where he found the CSS hard at work. He had never seen a death in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore and was in­stantly hooked.

“The way he was work­ing the body and the ev­i­dence, I knew that was what I wanted to do,” said Hutchins.

Nearly a decade and a half later, Hutchins is one of 15 GBI crime scene spe­cial­ists in the state, on­call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and serves 10 coun­ties in the met- ro At­lanta area, in­clud­ing New­ton County.

He en­joys the va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions he en­coun­ters and the chal­lenge of us­ing his mind to solve a prob­lem,

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