Forensics News




2 decades later, a guilty verdict in Tampa cold case rape | 6/14/2022
Crime Lab Analysts in the Tampa Laboratory Friction Ridge and Biology Sections examined evidence that helped identify and subsequently convict a man on a burglary and sexual assault from December 2000. 

Suspect arrested in Sanford burned shed murder (wesh.com) | 5/26/2022
FDLE Orlando Crime Lab Analysts in the Biology and Firearms Sections expedited this testing and made important observations that helped to lead to a quick arrest.  

Man arrested for possession of dozens of images of child porn in Wakulla County | 4/20/2022
Crime Lab Analysts in the FDLE Tallahassee Digital Evidence Section helped examine electronic devices, detecting images that led to charges against Flippo in Florida. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! | 4/13/2022
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Members throughout the crime lab system work year-round to examine evidence involved in alleged sexual assaults and to provide timely results, interpretations, and conclusions in these cases. Learn more from these national and Florida partners, and look for events in your local community.
 


Keystone Heights man sentenced in death of neighbor Jordan Cooper (jacksonville.com) | 4/13/2022
Keystone Heights man sentenced in death of neighbor Jordan Cooper (jacksonville.com)
 

Gang Leader Sentenced To Over 17 Years In Prison For Drug And Gun Offenses | USAO-MDFL | Department of Justice | 4/13/2022
TBROC DNA analyst Caroline Maimone and TBROC Seized Drugs analyst Shauna Barritt contributed to this case against a violent offender tried in Federal Court


FMROC drug chemists and TBROC biology and firearms members conducted testing that ultimately aided in this conviction and sentencing. | 2/28/2022
FMROC drug chemists and TBROC biology and firearms members conducted testing that ultimately aided in this conviction and sentencing.

Many members of FDLE JROC helped the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office work through this tragic case, and DNA aided in conviction of murderer Kimberly Kessler. | 2/28/2022
Many members of FDLE JROC helped the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office work through this tragic case, and DNA aided in conviction of murderer Kimberly Kessler. 

Detectives learn man accused of rape in Florida Keys died in Guatemala | 12/20/2021
Detectives learn man accused of rape in Florida Keys died in Guatemala (local10.com)
 

Brett Pleasant found guilty of second-degree murder in death of Jo Ann Leasure | 12/20/2021
“I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to work with Lauren Tirollo on the Brett Pleasant investigation. As the lead detective for the investigation, I can say this was initially a very hard case to work on. We conducted an extensive scene processing and canvass of the area surrounding the scene, but were left with no real leads in this case. This appeared to be a complete stranger committing a complete random act of violence. This case I can say was solved by Lauren Tirollo, for the processing as well as subsequent identification of Brett Pleasant. If not for the processing that she performed, this subject would not have been identified as fast as he was. Yes, additional DNA evidence assisted in the successful prosecution in this case. It was the latent work that truly solved this case. This morning, Brett Pleasant was sentenced to life in prison for the murder. I wanted to take a moment and extend my gratitude for Lauren’s work, that she did on this case.”
Detective Robert Patton, Homicide, Lee County Sheriff’s Office
 

FCSO: 4th of July Celebration lands Man in Jail | 11/19/2021
A 72-year-old man is charged with firing into a dwelling after Flagler County deputies say he fired into the air, leading to multiple bullets striking someone's home.

Cove burglary spree suspect nabbed by Panama City police with new fingerprint tech | 11/19/2021
A suspect in a rash of Panama City home burglaries has been identified in part thanks to a new fingerprint technology program.

Tampa Man Guilty Of Gun And Drugs Crime – CW44 Tampa Bay (cbslocal.com) | 11/2/2021
Tampa Man Guilty Of Gun And Drugs Crime – CW44 Tampa Bay (cbslocal.com)

How Jacksonville detectives cracked a 21-year-old cold case | firstcoastnews.com | 11/2/2021
https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/crime/cold-cases/how-detectives-cracked-21-year-old-cold-case/77-fec3fef4-30cb-48ea-a56a-c67cd2effbd8

Retired JSO detective pleads not guilty to murder, other charges | 12/15/2020
William Baer, 64, is charged in the 1999 stabbing death of Jacksonville businessman Saad Kawaf.

FDLE: Three Years After First Report, Rape Kit Backlog All Clear | 12/15/2020
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says its done processing more than 8,000 untested rape kits.

TPD Wins International Award for Closing Cases, Tracking Down ‘Predator Turned Serial Killer’ | 10/2/2020
An international award given to the Tallahassee Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit hinged on the investigative work that went into the arrest of a capital city "sexual predator turned serial killer" in 2019.

Fla. Man Vanished in 2015 – and Wife Is Arrested After His Remains Are found Buried in Backyard | 9/18/2020
Police allege Laurie Shaver got remarried near the exact spot where her husband's body was found

Cape Coral 13-year-old Arrested for Sexual Assault | 9/16/2020

A Cape Coral teen was arrested Monday and charged with sexual battery against a 5-year-old.



Fingerprint, DNA Evidence Leads to Arrest in Nearly 20 Year Old Rape and Burglary Case | 9/10/2020
Police say with the help of DNA and fingerprint evidence, they have arrested the person they believe to be responsible for an armed burglary and rape that happened nearly 20 years ago.

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