Student snoops

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Stepping carefully around blood patterns on the floor, Colorado Mesa University criminal justice student Lexie Chavez takes pictures with her cell phone of evidence in the living room of a house on Elm Avenue, which has been set up to display a crime scene.


Drops of blood dot the concrete steps leading to the front door. Inside, a bigger mess: empty bottles of alcohol knocked onto the living room floor, where more blood and bloody shoe prints stain the hardwood in front of a fireplace. A folding chair is knocked over from what appears to be an interrupted card game in the center of the room. A white, powdery substance cut into lines rests on an end table. The clues are everywhere. But the answer is far from being found.

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