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I am a forensic consultant from Jacksonville, Florida who reconstructs crime scenes and traffic accidents for attorneys, insurance companies, and others as president of my company, Knox & Associates, LLC. For over fifteen years, I was a law enforcement officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office where I spent a decade working as a detective in the Crime Scene Unit and the Traffic Homicide Unit. Before my retirement from law enforcement in 2010, I led over 350 forensic death scene investigations and investigated thousands of crime scenes. I was also the lead investigator in over 100 fatal and life-threatening traffic crashes.
I started my company in 2008 and have since reconstructed crime scenes and traffic accidents in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. I specialize in firearms, ballistics, and shooting incident reconstruction and have analyzed all types of shooting incidents and deaths by gunfire.
I have a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Florida and a Master's degree in forensic science from the University of Florida. I have attended several thousand hours of training in forensic investigations, traffic accident reconstruction, and law enforcement.
I have taught forensic investigations and crime scene technology courses to law enforcement personnel throughout the United States and in Peru, the United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Georgia.
As I writer, I focus on true crime, a genre that allows me to put my years of training and experience to work in ways that other writers cannot. I can explain things, provide details, and bring a story to life because, for me, crime stories are real; they are not just something I read about or heard about. I can describe a crime scene because I have been to so many of them that a I know how they look, how they feel, how they smell.
To better bring you true crime stories in a way that blends true science and captivating story-telling, I have started a publishing company, Crime Science Books. My first book is a riveting account of the forensic evidence in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old black teenager who was shot to death one rainy Sunday evening by George Zimmerman, a half-white, half-Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer who called police to report that the hoodie-wearing Martin looked like a "real suspicious guy" who may have been involved in neighborhood burglaries. My book, entitled Intermediate Range, recounts the forensic evidence in the case and debunks many myths about the shooting that have swirled in news and social media.