Trevor Alphanso Gordon, 42, was found dead in an apartment located in Margate, Florida. According to police, Gordon’s body was found face down in a pool of blood. The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office has concluded that Gordon sustained multiple blunt force injuries to his head and face. Officers also claim that they smelled an intense odor of bleach upon entering the home.
So far no arrests have been made.
There is a lot that can be said about this case. First of all, it is surprising to learn that no one has been arrested yet. It is clear from the description of the crime scene that the culprits acted with extreme violence and anger. While it may sound incredibly morbid, there are many different methods used by attackers in murder cases. Spur of the moment crimes usually do not involve instances of extreme violence.
However, when you have evidence of multiple blunt force to the head, countless stab wounds, or evidence of strangulation, it is clear that an element of anger played a major role in the murder. Pulling a trigger is not hard, some may say it is even mechanical. But to beat someone to death by bludgeoning their head… that is up front and personal, not to mention extremely messy.
Why is this important to investigators? Well, understanding the character of your homicide will help you understand the character of your murderer. For example, if your victim is shot once on a desolate street and his wallet, watch, and necklace are all missing, it is safe to presume the attacker was likely a stranger motivated by theft.
On the contrary, when someone is found strangled to death in their own home, there is no evidence of forced entry, and not a thing is missing, it is clear that the attacker was someone familiar to the victim who was motivated by violence.
By recognizing this difference, investigators are be able to target the right suspects and allow the other evidence to narrow down their search. For example, did Gordon and his girlfriend have a history of domestic violence? Believe it or not, women are known to be the aggressors in domestic violence relationships as well.
Was Gordon involved in any kind of illicit activity? Whether illegal or otherwise? Since it is clear that Gordon was brutally murdered, we must assume that his attacker had a reason to be angry with him – whether such motivation is justified or not is irrelevant.
By investigating Gordon’s life, detectives may uncover clues that lead to the person or persons that may have had a reason to harbor extreme anger against Gordon.
Regardless, the best evidence in this case is going to come from forensics. According to police, the crime scene was covered with bloody footprints and hand-prints. Given the messy nature of this murder, I am confidant that this particular crime scene will provide a plethora of forensic evidence. Fingerprints may be recovered, as well as fiber evidence, and DNA.
If the attacker was injured in the struggle, which happens all the time, detectives may fin his or her blood in the crime scene. A good place to look for such evidence would be in bathrooms and kitchens… where a surviving attacker may have gone to rinse off an injury or use a towel or rag to stop a bleeding cut.
Good investigators will stand back and look at their crime scenes objectively and try to reverse engineer the actual fight. By understanding the mechanics of the fight, if possible based on the evidence, detectives may be able to decipher which blood belongs to the victim and which belongs to the attacker before DNA tests are even done.
At the end of the day, solving these crimes is of great public interest. Before any conclusions can be drawn about the defense implications of this case, more information will be needed. There is no doubt, however, that person or persons responsible for this murder are going to need a very effective criminal defense team.