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James Gannalo
President
P.O.Box 367
Brooklyn NY 11228
USA
phone: 718-236-7616
fax: 718-621-4734
James Gannalo is a former NYPD Detective and Forensic Consultant with twenty-three years experience in Firearms Identification. He has assisted attorneys and law enforcement agencies with hundreds of firearms related criminal and civil casework in addition to training dozens of individuals in firearms operability and microscopic analysis of ballistics evidence. He has testified as an expert witness in six hundred trials since 1989.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Firearms Operability Examination
  • Microscopic Analysis of Ballistic Evidence
  • Shooting Incident Reconstruction
  • Laser Trajectory Analysis of Bullet Paths
  • Gunshot Residue Distance Determination
  • Operability and Microscopic Report Review and Evaluation
  • Trial Preparation and Presentation
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Witness Interviews and Witness Statement Evaluation
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    Donald R. Schuessler, MS
    Physical Evidence Consultant
    PO Box 8528
    Coburg OR 97408
    USA
    phone: 541-517-0397
    Donald R. Schuessler, MS is a Physical Evidence and Certified Bloodstain Pattern Examiner. He has been working in Forensic Evidence Evaluation and Crime Scene Investigation since 1978. His previous work for the Eugene Police Department and as a Deputy Medical Examiner provide a broad base of experience and knowledge useful to both the defense and prosecution and have contributed to many successful case resolutions.

    The only certified examiner in the state of Oregon, Mr. Schuessler provides expert witness testimony throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has given expert opinion testimony in the state courts of Oregon, Washington, California, Utah and federal courts in Oregon and Washington. He also provides consultations and case review in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Idaho, New Jersey, Ohio, and Arizona.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Crime Scene Reconstruction
    • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
    • Latent Print Identification
    • Shooting Reconstruction - Bullet Flight Path
    • Footwear Impression Identification
    • Death Investigation
  • Serial Number Restoration
  • Firearms Operation Identification
  • Presumptive Blood Test
  • Marijuana Identification
  • Digital Photography
  • Evidence Integrity / Chain of Custody Procedure
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    Francis T. "Jay" Jarvis
    Forensic Scientist
    PO Box 116
    Armuchee GA 30105
    USA
    phone: 706-331-9971
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    Francis T. "Jay" Jarvis has over 30 years of experience as a Forensic Scientist, specializing in Forensic Ballistics and Firearms Analysis.

    During his 32 plus year career, Mr. Jarvis either performed casework in or was a supervisor for most of the forensic disciplines. Between 1982 and 1997, he wore a multitude of hats, performing casework in:
    • Firearms and Tool Marks
    • Hair
    • Fibers
    • Glass Comparisons
    • Footwear Tread Examinations
    • Tire Tread Examinations
  • Fire Debris and Explosives Analysis
  • Latent Fingerprint Processing
  • Marijuana Identification
  • Presumptive Blood Testing
  • Crime Scene Analysis
  • Filament Analysis
  • Following his retirement from the Georgia State Crime Lab, Jay Jarvis started Arma Forensics to provide personalized, timely and unbiased forensic services for clients. He has testified as an expert in Federal Court and the courts of Georgia and several other states over 750 times. Mr. Jarvis' specialty is firearms identification and ballistics but he also has casework experience in trace evidence.

    Mr. Jarvis has extensive experience in crime laboratory accreditation, having served as an accreditation assessor and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), including one year as the Board Chair.

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    Jay Jarvis
    Georgia’s Crime Doctor is the story of Dr. Herman Jones, the Alabama native who is responsible for establishing the Georgia State Crime Laboratory. Tracing the steps of Jones and his wife June back to Auburn in the 1930’s, this book chronicles the people, places and events which shaped modern day forensic science in the state of Georgia.
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    Steven Howard
    Investigator / Consultant
    209 N. Walnut, Upper Level
    Lansing MI 48933
    USA
    phone: 517-374-9000
    fax: 517-374-9001 or Alt Fax- 517-703-1988
    Steven Howard provides a wide range of Consulting and Expert Witness Services to the legal professional in an ample variety of Firearms, Ammunition, Knives, Blades, Explosive Devices and many other related subjects. His Primary Area of Experience is Gunsmithing and Certified Public Armorer. Mr. Howard has a college degree in Gunsmithing and is a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan. He is a former Federal Agent with the U.S. Border Patrol and a former Federal Police Officer with the Department of Defense. He has 35 years of Gunsmithing experience and is a Certified Police Armorer.

    Services Include:
  • All Standard Firearms
  • Almost all Machine Guns
  • Silencers
  • Ammunition
  • Testing
  • Shooting Scene Reconstruction
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Spears
  • Knives
  • Explosive Devices
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    Richard Ernest
    Lab Director
    6058 East Lancaster Ave.
    Fort Worth TX 76112
    USA
    phone: 817-228-6526
    Richard Ernest is an award winning Forensic Scientist and Consultant who has over 31 years of Experience in Analytical Criminalistics and Forensic Ballistics. During his career he has worked literally thousands of forensic cases, and testified hundreds of times. Mr. Ernest is one of a very few private forensic ballistics consultants in the United States. He also owns and operates his own independent forensic firearms laboratory. He has worked cases all across the United States. His clients include law enforcement agencies, district attorney's offices, civil and criminal case lawyers, private individuals, journalists, writers, educators and students.

    Mr. Ernest has performed work on such notable cases as the Atlanta Murdered and Missing Children (Georgia vs. Wayne Williams), the Branch Davidian cases from Waco, the Texas Cadets Murder (Texas vs. David Graham and Dianne Zamora), the Miami SWAT case (USA vs. Acuna, et. al. - the Richard Brown case), and the Jayson Williams case (NJ vs. Jayson Williams).

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Firearm Examination and Testing
  • Bullet and Cartridge Case Examinations and Comparisons
  • Ammunition Evaluation and Testing
  • Shooting Scene Reconstructions
  • Shooting Accident Reconstructions
  • Shooting Scene Re-enactments
  • Distance Determinations from Gunshot Wounds and Clothing
  • Gunshot Residue Analysis (GSR) and GSR Consultation
  • Tool Mark Examinations and Comparisons
  • Gun Safety and Design Issues
  • Serial Number Restorations
  • Crime Scene Examinations and Consultations
  • Footwear Identification
  • Tire Track Identification