Crime Scene Staging and the Jeffery MacDonald Case
Steve began his law enforcement career in 1973 when he enlisted in the US Army as a Military Policeman. He remained in the MPs until 1981 when he was accepted into the US Army CID program as a Special Agent. As a CID Special Agent, Steve worked felony crimes at various military posts across the US and overseas. He later commanded three different CID units and in 2001 retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Four as the Operations Officer for a CID Battalion where he was responsible for the supervision of five different CID units and covered an eleven-state area of responsibility. Once retired Steve was employed by the Mississippi State Crime Lab as a senior crime scene analyst and conducted the examination of violent crime scenes across the Mississippi. In 2004 Steve was transferred from the crime lab to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) as the first Director of the MBI Cold Case unit, responsible for assisting police agencies across the state working on unresolved homicides. While working at the Crime lab and MBI, Steve and Grant Graham developed several different training courses for the Mississippi State Police Academy covering topics that included basic and advanced crime scenes, death investigations, and adult sex crimes. Steve was also involved in the development and as an instructor of the Certified Investigator Program at the MS State Police Academy. Steve has a master’s degree and undergrad degrees in Criminal Justice, is a Graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session 185) and has been a college adjunct instructor for Austin Peay State University, Clarksville TN, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS and Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia. He is a fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Science, and a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI), the International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA) the North Carolina Homicide Investigator’s Association, and Southeastern Homicide Investigators Association. Steve is also the co-author of the text, Staged Crime Scenes: Investigating Suspect Misdirection of the Crime Scene, the co-author of the text Death Investigations: The Second Edition, and the author of Investigating Sexual Assault Cases.
Steve also has developed and instructs courses on Staged Crime Scenes, Adult Sex Crimes, Death Investigation, Basic Detective’s Course, and Crime Scene Examination.