CROWN PLAZA RESORT & SPA
Cutoff Deadline Date: 12 Midnight on 04/22/2019
Group Name = NCIAI Intl Assoc of ID
Group Code = NAI
Any reservation requests made after the reservation due date of 04/22/2019 will be accepted on a space available basis at the prevailing rate. At reservation due date, all unused rooms and suites will be automatically released for general sale.
All group attendees will be responsible for their own room, tax and incidental charges
Two Queens: $118.00
Loft Suite: $118.00
Villa- 1 bedroom: $133.00
Villa- 2 bedrooms: $164.00
- Call Toll-Free: 1-844-330-0296 (24/7) and mention the group name: NCIAI Intl Assoc of ID in order to receive the special group rate.
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- Book online by visiting www.ashevillecp.com
. Group Code: NAI
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Registration Cost Options:
[Full Registration includes all daily lectures, workshops, one evening social event & banquet]
- Full Registration NCIAI Member - $ 140.00
- Full Registration Non-Member - $175.00
- Guest cost per social evening event - $25.00
- Guest cost for banquet $50.00
- Daily Attendance incl. social event $50.00
Optional Recreational Activities- Details & Costs TBD
- 9 Hole Golf Outing
- Team building event: Zip lining & Treetops Adventure Park
Joe Kenda, Homicide Hunter
Joe Kenda With the Colorado Springs Police Department where he eventually became a detective. He worked in the C.S.P.D. homicide unit for over 19 years and eventually led the homicide department. "I loved the work," he said. "My wife – not so much." Detective Kenda investigated 387 homicide cases, solving 356, a closure rate of 92%. He credited his ability to close cases to being a student of human nature, and being good at telling when people were lying. In 1990, he investigated the case of a woman named Dianne Hood who was murdered at a lupus support group meeting by an attacker who took her purse. According to Kenda, the case "met the standard for a Hollywood plot" and received a great deal of media attention, including a People magazine story and several books.
Near the end of his career, Kenda's wife became convinced that he would be murdered on the job. She confronted him about it one night after he came home late from work. His family moved to Falcon, Colorado in 1993 and he retired three years later. For the next several years, Kenda was unhappy with retirement and went through a withdrawal stage. Kenda then worked as a special needs school bus operator for a decade starting in 1998.
In 2008, Denver television series editor Patrick Bryant had worked as a free-lancer for several production companies for over ten years, having edited over two hundred episodes of various series on networks including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Channel and TLC. Years prior Bryant had lived in Colorado Springs and worked at a local TV station when Lt. Joe Kenda was in charge of the Major Crimes Unit. Bryant had interviewed Kenda as part of a TV special about the local drug trade tied to a rising homicide rate. Kenda left a lasting impression on Bryant as a great interview subject. In 2009 Bryant contacted Kenda to discuss the possibility of developing a TV series built around his career as a homicide detective. Kenda was slow to respond, but eventually struck an agreement to pursue the development of the series with Bryant. A 5-minute sizzle reel created by Bryant and Kenda was shown to FOX21 Studios in Los Angeles, who shopped the series to multiple TV networks. It was acquired by Investigation Discovery in 2010, and went into production in February 2011.
Kenda surprised television producers when they asked him to read a script. He refused, stating, "I'm not an actor. I'm a policeman. If you want me to tell you about this case, I will. If you want me to read that, get somebody else." He spoke off the cuff for 15 minutes without a script, and the producers were enthralled. Since then he has been working without a script. The series was titled Homicide Hunter: Lt Joe Kenda, becoming a top viewer ratings performer.
Kenda gave producers 30 of his past cases to read, and they picked the ten they believed were most suited for television audiences. The first season was shot in Hollywood, but all re-enactments since have been filmed in Knoxville, TN and the surrounding area. Kenda admits he looks over the case files before shooting, but said his memory is "absolutely perfect". Each episode takes four hours to shoot. He has been humbled by the success of the show, which has been renewed for an eighth season and has aired throughout the world.
AGENDA TO BE FINALIZED BY THE END OF SUMMER SO PUT YOUR TRAINING REQUESTS IN EARLY….
THIS WILL BE A CONFERENCE YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS!
Mack Brazelle is the Lead Fingerprint Specialist for the Forensic Science Laboratory of the United States Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Olive College and is recognized by the IAI as both a Certified Latent Print Examiner and Certified Crime Scene Investigator. He currently serves as the chair of the Latent Print Identification Science and Practice subcommittee. Along with teaching numerous classes across the country, Mack has instructed on the subject of fingerprint identification at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Latent Print Section and the FBI Latent Print.
Rule of Thumb
The difference between thumb friction skin and finger friction skin is dramatic. This lecture will review a practical application for distinguishing latent thumb prints from latent fingerprints. Understanding and applying these analysis techniques correctly can dramatically reduce the searchable area, increase efficiency and improve examiner confidence
All the Worlds a Stage: How to Over Come the Fear of Testifying
When you go to court are you nervous? Are you afraid you are going to make a mistake? More importantly can the jury sense that you are anxious? This lecture will discuss some ways to overcome that natural anxiety that we all feel as we walk into the courtroom. Learn how to become a better performer on the biggest stage of all…the witness stand.
Black, John – is the owner of Black & White Forensics, LLC in South Carolina. He holds a B.S. degree in Forensic Chemistry from Ohio University. John has worked for Ron Smith and Associates, Inc., the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. His research interests include simultaneous impressions, verification and exclusions. John has conducted over 200 training classes throughout the United States, as well as Africa, Asia, Canada, Central America, and Europe. He was awarded Distinguished Member status with the IAI in 2007. In 2014, John was selected to the Friction Ridge Subcommittee under the Organization of Scientific Area Committees.
- Exclusion Decisions
- Defense Case Work Consideration
- Courtroom Testimony
Dr. Michael Knox
Dr. Michael A. Knox is a forensic science and criminology consultant based in Jacksonville, Florida, who specializes in firearms, ballistics, and shooting incident reconstruction. Dr. Knox was a police office and detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for over 15 years, having served much of that time as a crime scene investigator. Along the way, Dr. Knox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Florida, a Master of Science degree in forensic science from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Knox holds board certification as a crime scene reconstructionist from the International Association for Identification. Dr. Knox has testified as an expert in crime scene reconstruction and related topics in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has taught courses focused on shooting incident reconstruction to law enforcement personnel from around the world.
Firearms, Ballistics & Shooting Incident Reconstruction
- Accidental & Unintended Firearms Discharge
- Three-dimensional reconstruction- An Overview
- Fired Cartridge Case Patterns: What do they tell us?
Patsy Rauton Lightle
Patsy Lightle received her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in Biology, Medical Technology certification from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Class 1 Police Officer Certification from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and post graduate hours in Forensic Science from the University of Virginia while attending the FBI in Quantico, Virginia. She has served over 35 years in law enforcement and forensic science to include crime scene, forensic serology and DNA analysis and the investigation of child physical and sexual abuse, child homicide, elder abuse, and vulnerable adult abuse. She researched and developed the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED’s) Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit used for collecting adult and child physical and sexual abuse evidence which the FBI adopted as their training kit. She designed and implemented the Forensic DNA laboratory, SLED’s Department of Child Fatalities and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Investigations Units. She retired in 2013 as the Captain of the SLED’s Special Victims Unit which investigates suspicious child deaths and vulnerable adult abuse, neglect and exploitation. She joined the USC School of Law, Children’s Law Center in 2014 where she lectures on investigating child abuse and neglect and child death investigations to various law enforcement agencies, medical personnel, social workers, prosecutors, coroners, victim advocates and academic institutions. She has testified in over 300 homicide and sexual assault cases.
- Child Death Investigation: The Importance of Documentation
- Recognizing and Documenting Child Physical Abuse
- Crime Scene Investigation of Suicide
- CSI Challenges in Child Sexual Assault Cases
Legal Updates/ US Attorney: Alexis Solheim
Alex is a dual Federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office, and State prosecutor for the western most counties of North Carolina. Prior to her current positions, she was a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office serving primarily in the Civil Division, and was most recently an Assistant District Attorney in Buncombe County, North Carolina for three years. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina in 2010, and her J.D. from Campbell University School of Law in 2013.
Melissa Southern has been the Forensic Photographer/ Digital Images/Graphics Specialist at Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification since June 2004. She has been an IAI Certified Forensic Photographer since September 2011. Melissa has experience in commercial and museum photography as well. She has had photographs published in the Guide to the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
, Nature Photographer magazine, various product magazines, and several other publications. Melissa has been teaching photography classes in a variety of photography topics since 2004. She has presented at the Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend, Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic, Recreational Equipment Inc (REI), the City of Orlando, and Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Melissa has judged numerous photography and art competitions over the years for a variety of groups. Melissa has a BA in Anthropology from UNC Wilmington and an Associate Degree in Photography with a concentration in Biomedical Photography from Randolph Community College.
Photography for Latent Prints (Beginner/ intermediate)
This course will be a coverage of photography of latent prints. It will include a brief overview of digital photography with information about aperture, depth of field, and histograms. We talk about different lighting types and angles and when and how to use them. We will talk about oblique lighting, direct lighting, soft lighting, axial lighting, etc. We will also talk about challenges with lighting and how to work through those challenges. As these photographs can often be enhanced using Adobe Photoshop, we will have a brief talk and demonstration of that type of enhancement latent enhancement.
We will take a practical approach to night photography with hands-on instruction in differing lighting conditions.
Bring your camera gear and tripod. (Space is limited to 20 participants.)
Dyer Bennett is responsible for Product Development at SIRCHIE. Through development of forensic products with industry experts, he has gained a broad technical knowledge of many forensic disciplines, including latent print development, digital forensics, shooting reconstruction, and alternate light sources. He brings a unique perspective to training with intimate knowledge of how the forensic tools are made and conveying how they work. Mr. Bennett is a member of the International Association of Identification (IAI) and NC Chapter of the IAI.
While most crime scene photography is taken in the visible spectrum, there are items of forensic interest that must be visualized outside of the visible spectrum, specifically in the IR regions. While most crime scene and forensic personnel have read or heard of IR imaging, few have ever learned how to search for forensic evidence in the IR region, or the utility of using an IR camera to document such items as GSR, Inks, and blood. This workshop will couple theory with practical exercises with instruction on the theory of UV, visible, and IR spectrum energy, followed by participants visualizing and capturing prepared blood, GSR, and ink exemplars with IR cameras.
Professor Dave Pauly, MFS, Director, Applied Forensic Science Program, Methodist University, and adjunct instructor Ð Sirchie, retired from The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command as a Special Agent-in-Charge/Commander and Forensic Science Officer. He performed duties in over a dozen states, and frequently worked with local, state, and federal agencies. He also performed duties in Panama, South Korea, Afghanistan, Haiti, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Sinai, Egypt, Canada, Guam, and Nigeria. He holds a MFS from The George Washington University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Canadian Police College - Major Crimes Course, Miami-Dade Police Department - Bloodstain Interpretation Course, and National Fire Academy - Arson Investigation Course. He is a Fellow of AAFS, and is a current, or past member of the International Association of Identification, NC Chapters of the IAI and FBINAA, NC Homicide Investigator's Association, The Vidocq Society, and other professional LE and/or forensic associations.
WORKSHOP: Footprints: Making an Impression on Your Case
Footwear impression evidence is often overlooked or even destroyed prior to the investigator's arrival, but when foot impression evidence is discovered, what is the best method to document and preserve it for the case? In this workshop, various methods for the recovery of footprint evidence will be demonstrated and taught through hands-on activities. These methods include casting, development using magnetic fingerprint powder, electrostatic dust lifting, photography using oblique lighting, and the use of RUVIS. Class Limit: 30 Students.
COLD CASE ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION- ASHEVILLE PD,
Detective Kevin Taylor is employed as a sworn, part-time investigator with the Asheville Police Department (APD), focusing on cold case investigations. Detective Taylor retired from the APD in 2015 after 28 1/2 years of service. He first served as a patrol officer from 1987-2004, and then transferred to criminal investigations where he worked as a detective in property crimes, auto theft, white collar, violent crimes, and homicide.
Detective Taylor began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Pella, Iowa Police Department, serving from 1984-1987
Detective Taylor has an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement from Kirkwood Community College, and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Asheville.
On April 15, 1973 the body of 19 year-old Virginia Olson was discovered in a wooded area across from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Olson was a student at the university and had reportedly gone into the woods to study. When found Olsen's hands and feet were bound, and her mouth gagged, all with remnants of her shirt that had been cut up. Autopsy results showed that Olson died as a result of a stab wound to the chest that penetrated the heart. Her throat had also been slashed, and she was sexually assaulted.
To this day the case remains unsolved.
Joey (Joe) D. Kennedy is the Executive Vice President for the BlueLine Training Group LLC. Joe retired as the Special Agent-in-Charge for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Carolinas Field Office in 2014 after 28+ years of service. He attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA and subsequently served in various offices around the world including, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Puerto Rico, Japan, Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Washington, DC. Joe is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, NC where he played baseball for legendary coach Joseph Ferebee. He received a Master of Policy Management degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Joe participated in Executive Education at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
While with NCIS, Joe served in a variety of positions focusing on violent crimes and undercover operations. He was the Team Leader for the Virgin Islands Homicide Task Force. He participated as a member and supervisor in several homicide task forces and serial rape investigations. He served as a board member for the Department of Justice “Weed and Seed” Task Force in Charleston, SC and the North Carolina Homicide Investigators Association. Joe served as an Executive Board Member for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force in the Caribbean and Territorial Crime Commission for the Governor of Puerto Rico. He was co-chair for the North Carolina Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN) LiNX program and has served on several law enforcement advisory boards.
Joe was the Primary Architect and First Program Manager for the internationally acclaimed NCIS Cold Case Homicide Unit. He wrote the methodology and protocol for NCIS Cold Case investigations, which has been adopted by numerous police agencies around the globe. Joe has provided cold case homicide consultation and training to various law enforcement agencies throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and the Caribbean. He is a Consulting Committee Member of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC) and Founder of the Carolinas Cold Case Coalition. He is recognized as an International Cold Case Expert.
Joe completed multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. He twice served as the Resident Agent-In-Charge for NCIS Resident Agency Fallujah, Iraq. Joe was the Director for the Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Counterintelligence Unit (JCIU), International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Kabul, Afghanistan. He was the Chief of the Transnational Crimes Unit at the Middle East Field Office, Manama, Bahrain, where he collaborated with the International Police (INTERPOL) and NATO to develop proactive law enforcement strategies designed to combat Somali Piracy and narcotics smuggling in the Indian Ocean and Gulf Region.
Joe is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association, North Carolina Homicide Investigators Association, North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, and Eastern Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Executives. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations. Joe received the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in 2014 and he was recently profiled in the book “Delayed Justice: Inside Stories from America’s Best Cold Case Investigators” by Mary Bransom (2011). He was featured in the “Real NCIS” by Storyhouse Productions, Washington, DC. He has appeared on CNN and was a Core Team Expert for the Starz TV “Wrong Man” Series. Joe has served as an expert witness for police investigative procedures and homicide investigations.
Craig Nelson, M.D.
Dr. Craig Nelson is an Associate Chief Medical Examiner at the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A native of Winston-Salem, he completed his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University and medical degree at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed his anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and his forensic pathology fellowship at the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. He worked there as a Deputy Medical Examiner until 2014, when he returned to NC to take his current position.
- Gun Shot Wounds - Interpretation of Gun Shot Wounds & Analysis
- Post Mortem Changes and Decomposition
Katie Zejdlik, PhD - Western Carolina University, Forensic Anthropology Facilities Director
Katie Zejdlik is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and the Forensic Anthropology Facilities Director at Western Carolina University. She is also the Scientific Director of the Medieval Funerary Excavation, part of ArchaeoTek's Funerary Excavations - Lost Churches Project in Transylvania, Romania. Prior to arriving at WCU, Katie was part of the Chest Radiograph team at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency – Laboratory. Katie completed her Ph.D. in 2015 at Indiana University, under the direction of Dr. Della Cook. Katie has over 15 years of archaeological experience working on projects all over the United States including the American Plains, American Midwest, and Hawaii. She is a Wisconsin state Qualified Burial Excavator and Qualified Burial analyst. Her forensic anthropology research focuses on human decomposition and scavenging behaviors while her bioarchaeological interests are the migration and interaction of people through social and material contextual indicators. Katie has presented and published on a range of topics from remote sensing techniques to biological distance.
The Importance of Human Decomposition Facilities
This presentation will review the history of human identification facilities, “Body Farms,” in the United States with discussion regarding: what the facilities are, their purpose, research objectives, and general trends in the social perception of them. Next, the Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOREST) and the Western Carolina Human Identification Lab (WCHIL) at Western Carolina University (WCU) will be highlighted by addressing the specific research and programs being conducted in those two facilities. Finally, a projection of the future role of human decomposition facilities will be offered.
Ann H. Ross, Ph.D.
Ann H. Ross, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Anthropology with a specialty in Forensic Anthropology at NC State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida. Her research focus includes developing population specific identification standards using traditional measurement techniques and modern three-dimensional methods. Dr. Ross has participated in Human Rights missions in Bosnia, the Republic of Panama and Chile. She also consults for several North Carolina agencies and for the Republic of Panama Institute of Legal Medicine.
Charleston Church Shooting - A Forensic Case Analysis, FBI Emergency Response Team and Case Agent
This specific presentation is limited to actively employed law enforcement (sworn/unsworn) personnel only.
Students, academic professors, and guests will not be permitted to attend due to the sensitive and confidential nature of the case details.
On the evening of June 17, 2015, nine African American parishioners were murdered while attending a bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The mass shooting was motivated by racial hatred and was deliberately planned and executed by Dylann Roof, a self-radicalized white nationalist. Following the shooting, Dylann Roof, fled the church leaving behind a horrific and grisly crime scene. A national manhunt pursued ending with Dylann Roof’s arrest in Shelby, North Carolina just 14 hours after the shooting took place. The crime left a nation, a city, and a church rocked to its core. The FBI led a seamless, joint and multi-faceted investigation into the shooting exhausting thousands of hours investigating and seeking justice for the victims. FBI Special Agents conducted approximately 200 interviews, served over 75 grand jury subpoenas, executed 9 search warrants, 4 consent searches and collected and examined over 1500 pieces of evidence. The coordination and effort put forth led to Dylann Roof being charged in a 33 count federal indictment that included numerous Hate Crime violations. In December 2016, Dylann Roof went to trial where a jury found him guilty of all 33 counts of federal violations. In January 2017, after a two week death penalty trial, a jury sentenced Dylann Roof to death. The shooting had a profound impact on the city and the nation. The FBI Case Agent will present the case to include details of the shooting incident, crisis response, crime scene, investigation and pertinent evidence.
ADDITIONAL PRESENTATIONS- DETAILS TO PROVIDED AT A LATER TIME:
- NEXT GENERATION IDENTIFICATION- NGI
- WORKSHOP: SANE NURSE & SEX ASSAULT
- 9 Hole Golf Outing
- Team building event: Zip lining & Treetops Adventure Park