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Seminar Title:  
Homicide and Forensic Death Investigation Conference

DATES:  1/20/2020 through 1/24/2020

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Multiple Instructors

LOCATION:  Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy - 1200 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA  24504

HOTEL:  Courtyard Lynchburg - Lynchburg, VA  1-434-846-7900
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $595.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Thomas L Martin, Jr
New York State Police (Retired)
Tom Martin is a career crime scene investigator, retiring from the New York State Police after 22 years of service. As the senior investigator in charge of the forensic crime scene unit, Tom holds several certifications, and regularly provides expert forensic testimony in various state and federal courts. Tom’s training and experience encompass several fields of expertise, including: forensic crime scene processing, latent print processing and identification, blood stain pattern analysis, forensic composite art, excavation of human remains, forensic entomology collection, digital imaging technology and photo enhancement. He has served as a consultant for National Institute of Justice, and is currently a member of the National Institute of Justice’s Technical Working Groups for Sensor and Surveillance and General Forensics Technology. Tom is a nationally recognized speaker who has instructed at numerous forensic training seminars across the United States, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, The National Institute of Justice Annual Conferences and Technology Fairs, and the Smithsonian Institute. Tom is a faculty member of the National College of District Attorneys and a former instructor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, (IACP). He has lectured, on several occasions in Washington, D.C., providing presentations to executive officials of the National Institute of Justice and members of the United States Congress. In addition to appearing on Court TV as an expert guest analyst, Tom has appeared on several forensic related television shows, including: the HBO series “Autopsy”, the Court TV series “Trace Evidence” “Forensic Files”, “On the Case with Paula Zahn”, and has filmed several episodes for the Discovery Channel and A&E. He is the author of the Crime Scene Forensics: A Field Guide for the First Responder pocket guide series published by Looseleaf Law.

William Ralston III, M.D.

Dr. Ralston is a State Medical Examiner in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Kentucky. Dr. Ralston is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and National Association of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Ralston has held faculty appointments at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky and lectures throughout the United States to many local and regional law enforcement agencies.

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Course Objectives

Course Objectives

Dr. Wm. Ralston, III will focus on an introduction to forensic pathology. Medical terminology frequently used by forensic pathologists is illustrated and defined through visual example and case presentation. Cause, mechanism, and manner of death are discussed and defined. Each is discussed in depth, through case example.


Thomas Martinwill focus on Homicide and questioned death scenes: This intensive training module is for anyone who will be responding to death scenes; including patrol officers, detectives, supervisors, medical examiner investigators, and lab personnel. This class will provide the information, knowledge and skills necessary to investigate and interpret homicide and questioned death scenes. Through the use of lecture, case history and photo and video demonstrations, attendees will be provided the basic skills of homicide and questioned death scene investigations; to include bloodstain pattern recognition, ballistics and trajectory as evidence, scenes involving self inflicted deaths, scenes involving child deaths, scenes involving domestic violence related homicides, key objectives for presenting cases in court, and some of the technology available for obtaining and displaying information.

This course is different from a basic crime scene investigation course, in that instruction will highlight the specific evidence that should be observed and documented in each particular death scene. Emphasis will be placed on specific observations to be made and documented, as well as specific evidence needed by the medical examiner and the lead homicide detective for inclusion in the case files. Instruction will include the proper collection of data and appropriate measurements for proper case documentation and subsequent event reconstruction. Techniques for preparing for court testimony will also be covered.

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