MDIAI 2017 Educational Conference



From Crime Scene to Courtroom

    April 11 - 13, 2017    -    Hattiesburg, MS

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Laura Pettler  -  Forensic Criminologist

As a former District Attorney's Investigator, current Deputy Coroner, and practitioner in the field, Dr. Laura Pettler specializes in field work, consulting, research, and teaching investigation and reconstruction of staged crime scenes in domestic violence homicide hot and cold cases. Laura's passion for her work is exemplified in everything she does from her writing to teaching, her former music career and in her TV commentary. Laura is the author of the world's first book on crime scene staging and she enthusiastically works to build systems, methods, and models used in homicide investigation. She is the inventor of the Kaleidoscope Crime Scene Reconstruction System as seen on CSI TV programs on major networks. Laura frequently appears on television and radio shows.

Topics Include Overviews of:

+ Pettler’s Victim-Centered Death Investigation Methodology    + Statement Analysis
+ Crime Scene Investigation                                                              + 9-11 Call Analysis
+ Crime Scene & Laboratory Report Analysis                                 + Crime Scene Reconstruction
+ Forensic Victimology                                                                       + Investigative Wound-Pattern Analysis + Demonstration of the Kaleidoscope System                               + Forensic Suspectology    
+ Pettler's Conflict > Resolution > Benefit Matrix                           + The Crime Scene Synthesis Matrix


Special Guest

Alton Dandridge - The Human Consequences of Forensic Fingerprint Identification

On October 1, 2015, Mr. Alton Dandridge was released from an Alabama prison after 20 years of wrongful incarceration.  Mr. Dandridge was wrongly convicted of murder in 1996 based exclusively on an erroneous finding that bloody fingerprints at a crime scene matched him.  After decades of pursuing justice, he was able to obtain and present new fingerprint evidence establishing his innocence.  In this talk, Mr. Dandridge will share his experiences and provide a new perspective on the legal, logistical, and personal challenges of obtaining justice in the aftermath of an incorrect fingerprint identification.

   Additional Topics & Workshops Include:

+ Crime Scene Photography                                                                                 + Collection of Biological Samples (Katie's Law)
+ Crime Scene Diagrams & Courtroom Exhibits                                                + Courtroom Testimony
+ Collection & Documentation of Latent Prints                                                 + More TBA

       Conference Venue

University of Southern Mississippi - Thad Cochran Center

Thad Cochran Center
University of Southern Mississippi
121 W Memorial Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

       Social Event

Details coming soon.

       Hotel Information

Courtyard by Marriott

119 Grand Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: 601-268-3050
Fax: 601-264-9205

Conference rate is $99 a night plus standard taxes and fees.

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Please book early to ensure availability. Once the MDIAI room block is sold out, the discounted room rate will no longer be available.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own photography equipment, however, this is not a requirement.

This conference counts as 24 Continuing Education/Law Enforcement Education Hours.

We look forward to seeing you in April!

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