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Major Crimes: The Major Crimes Unit of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office is charged with the investigation of unlawful deaths or HOMICIDES. These crimes fall into different categories depending on aggravating or mitigating factors. The most serious of the homicide charges, MURDER, can, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, expose the defendant to the death penalty. The other categories of homicide investigated by the Unit are AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER, a first-degree crime and MANSLAUGHTER, a second-degree crime. The Unit also investigates suspicious deaths (where the cause or circumstances may not be obvious), police shootings involving injury or death and those incidents of severe assaults where the nature of the injury threatens the life of the victim.

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