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 TestingBullet and Cartridge Case Examinations and ComparisonsAmmunition Evaluation and TestingShooting Scene ReconstructionsShooting Accident ReconstructionsShooting Scene Re-enactmentsDistance Determinations from Gunshot Wounds and ClothingGunshot Residue Analysis (GSR) and GSR ConsultationTool Mark Examinations and ComparisonsGun Safety and Design IssuesSerial Number RestorationsCrime Scene Examinations and ConsultationsFootwear IdentificationTire Track Identification