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Brent E. Turvey - Cases
This is an archive of media reports, criminal profiles, affidavits, testimony, and forensic reports from the case files of
Brent E. Turvey, collected from the public record. It is not a complete archive, but a work in progress. No confidential case material has been or will be archived in this section.

A separate archive of media interviews with Brent E. Turvey is available here: Turvey Interviews.


  Case Forensic Examiner Source & Comments
Nevada v. Kirstin "Blaize" Lobato Brent E. Turvey Nevada v. Kirstin "Blaize" Lobato
Clark County, Nevada
Guilt Phase
Testimony (10/02 - 10/03/06)

Homicide

Court Opinion: This case involves the admission of testimony regarding forensic science, crime reconstruction and motive. I was qualified and allowed to testify in each of these areas from 10/02-10/03/06.

Outcome: This was a retrial. Lobato was originally convicted of first-degree murder and sexual penetration of a corpse for Duran Bailey's murder on May 18, 2002.

The Nevada Supreme Court granted her a new trial in September 2004, citing the trial judge's failure to admit evidence that could have weakened the credibility of a jailhouse informant.

In October of 2006, despite any physical evidence or witnesses, she was found guilty of the lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter with use of a deadly weapon and sexual penetration of corpse.

Media

Matt Pordum "Defense forensic scientist says not a shred of evidence links woman to mutilation murder," Court TV, October 3, 2006

Matt Pordum "Woman convicted of killing homeless man in 'compromise' verdict," Court TV, October 9, 2006


Mississippi v. Robert Grant Brent E. Turvey State of Mississippi v. Robert Grant
Pearl River County, Mississippi
Guilt Phase Testimony (8/30 - 8/31/06)

Homicide

Court Opinion: This case involves the admission of testimony regarding forensic science, crime reconstruction and crime scene staging. I was qualified and allowed to testify in each of these areas from 8/30 - 8/31/06. None of my findings were disputed by the prosecution's surprise rebuttal witness.

Note: Both Asst. District Attorney Manya Creel and my client, Defense Attorney James Gray, were at the time of trial running for judge. This was a vacancy created by Judge Michael R. Eubanks, Circuit Court of Pearl River County who presided over, and retired shortly after, this trial. Judge Eubanks was a no nonsense jurist with very little tolerance for game-playing and the irrelevant.

Turvey Report - February 3, 2006

Outcome: Mr. Grant was convicted of murder, despite any physical evidence, and despite the state's admission that he was not necessarily the shooter.

Media

Jeremy Pittari "Robert Grant found guilty of murder" Picayune Item, September 02, 2006

Media Note - Brent E. Turvey 


California v. Jason Cai Brent E. Turvey State of California v. Jason Y. Cai
Santa Clara County, California
Guilt Phase Testimony (4/17 - 4/18/06)

Alleged Homicide

Court Opinion: This case involves the admission of testimony regarding Crime Reconstruction and the interpretation of Presumptive Blood Tests (Luminol & Orthotolidine). I was qualified and allowed to testify in each of these areas from 4/17 to 4/18/06.

Turvey Report - January 4, 2006

Turvey Declaration 
re: presumptive blood tests - March 12, 2006

Outcome: Mr. Cai was acquitted of first degree and second degree murder by a jury at trial in May of 2006.The jury hung on the charge of manslaughter. A retrial has been scheduled.

Media

Zhang, J. "Body found floating in a pool; police arrest spouse" Cupertino Courier, July 9, 2003

Cecilia Kang "Picture-perfect image shattered: INVESTIGATION DUBBED "CHINESE LACI PETERSON CASE"" San Jose Mercury News, May. 24, 2004


California v.  Addison Beverly Brent E. Turvey State of California v. A. Beverly
Orange County Case No. 04HF1295
Guilt Phase (1/24/06)

Alleged Rape

Court Opinion: This case involves the admission of testimony regarding forensic science, crime reconstruction, false allegations of sexual assault, and rape investigation procedure. I was qualified and allowed to testify in each of these areas on 1/24/06.

Turvey Report - January 10, 2006

Outcome: Mr. Beverly was acquitted by a jury at trial in January of 2006.


Pennsylvania v. Jamie Fleming FBI SSA Charles K. Dorsey; Brent E. Turvey Pennsylvania v. Jamie Fleming
Erie County, PA

Crime Scene Staging: July, 2003  

Note: I was contacted by the defense in this case to examine the findings of Charles K. Dorsey. In my report, I detailed how his opinions exceeded the limits of acceptable forensic testimony within the realm of crime scene staging. I also demonstrated how his findings were based on illegimate and inaccurate assumptions, and incomplete information. The day prior to his scheduled testimony, with me waiting to rebut, Mr. Dorsey was removed as an expert witness from the case by the prosecution.

Media

"Jamie Fleming In Court," 35WSEE-TV, May 28, 2003

"FBI profiler allowed to testify in 15-year-old case," Associated Press, June 21, 2003

"More Legal Maneuvers in Fleming Case," 35WSEE-TV, June 23, 2003

Thompson, L. "Jury to unravel Kirk murder," Erie Times, July 11, 2003

Nephin, D. "Prosecutor: Suspect knew unreported details of girlfriend's death," Associated Press, July 15, 2003

"JAMIE FLEMING TAKES THE STAND," Action News 24, July 19, 2003 (key witness Dorsey removed as an expert by prosecution)

"Defendant testifies in beach killing trial," Erie Times, July 20, 2003 (key witness Dorsey removed as an expert by prosecution)

Thompson, L. "Fleming denies murder," Erie Times, July 20, 2003 (key witness Dorsey removed as an expert by prosecution)

Thompson, L. "Jury deliberates Fleming's fate," Erie Times, July 22, 2003

"Fleming found guilty of involuntary manslaughter," Erie Times, July 22, 2003

"Jury convicts man of involuntary manslaughter in 15-year-old Erie case," Associated Press, July 22, 2003

Thompson, L. "Verdict brings closure for Kirk family," Erie Times, July 23, 2003


Ohio v. David Thorne Brent E. Turvey Ohio v. David Thorne
Case #1999CRA00750
Stark County, Ohio

Crime Reconstruction: February, 2003  


Queen v. Raymond Ali Brent E. Turvey Queen v. Raymond Ali (Australia)

Motive Analysis: November 5, 2002  


Washington v. Robert Lee Yates Brent E. Turvey Washington v. Robert Lee Yates

Linkage Analysis: May 28, 2002  


Ohio v. Clarence Elkins Brent E. Turvey State of Ohio v. Clarence Elkins
Case No. CR 98-06041

Report: This case involves the rape-homicide of Judith Johnson, 58, and the rape of her 6-year-old granddaughter, Brooke Sutton. June 24, 2002


California v. Gerald Johnson Brent E. Turvey State of California v. Gerald Johnson
Orange County, Case No. GG00WF0080

Decided: March 16th, 2002

Court Opinion: This case involves the admission of testimony regarding bloodstain pattern analysis (Chisum), crime scene staging (Chisum & Turvey) and motive (Turvey).


Wisconsin v. Peter Kupaza Brent E. Turvey State of Wisconsin v. Peter Kupaza
Case No. 00-CF-26

Date: May 30th, 2000

Proffer (includes profile opinion): This is the first known case where a criminal profiler was allowed to offer expert profiling opinions, labeled clearly as such, in court, before a jury, during the guilt phase of a trial. In June of 2000, despite the extraordinary lack of any actual evidence of guilt or circumstances, a Sauk County jury took nine hours to decide that Peter Kupaza killed and then dismembered his 25-year-old cousin, Mwivano Mwambashi Kupaza, sometime in late July 1999. Kupaza was subsequently sentenced to life in prison, having been convicted of both first-degree murder and hiding a corpse.


Kansas v. Artis Cobb Brent E. Turvey Kansas v. Artis T. Cobb (2002 WL 537665)

Testimony: April 4, 2000

Court Opinion: This case involves the admission of testimony regarding victimology, crime reconstruction and false confessions. It also involves a conviction in a case where clear and convincing DNA evidence exonerated the defendant! Not sure how this conviction happened...


California v. Alex Thomas Brent E. Turvey Media

Coronado, R. "Witness Disputes Montoya Rape," Sacramento Bee, August 23, 2000


Wisconsin v. Peter Kupaza Brent E. Turvey State of Wisconsin v. Peter Kupaza
Case No. 00-CF-26

Date: May 30th, 2000

Proffer (includes profile opinion): This is the first known case where a criminal profiler was allowed to offer expert profiling opinions, labeled clearly as such, in court, before a jury, during the guilt phase of a trial. In June of 2000, despite the extraordinary lack of any actual evidence of guilt or circumstances, a Sauk County jury took nine hours to decide that Peter Kupaza killed and then dismembered his 25-year-old cousin, Mwivano Mwambashi Kupaza, sometime in late July 1999. Mr. Kupaza was subsequently sentenced to life in prison, having been convicted of both first-degree murder and hiding a corpse.

Media:

Jones, M. "Rebuilding victim's face key to arrest in killing," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, February 2, 2000

"Trial date set for man in cousin's death," Associated Press, March 31, 2000

"Judge Limits Case Against Kupaza: Sexual History Between Man, Victim Won't Be Allowed," WISC TV, June 5, 2000

"Lawyer questions lab's fingerprint records," Associated Press, June 15, 2000

"Kupaza To Take Stand In Murder Trial: Forensic Specialist Says Lack Of Evidence Is Problem," WISC TV, June 19, 2000

"Kupaza Denies He Killed Cousin: Tanzanian Man Also Denies Butchering Animals," WISC TV, June 19, 2000

"Defendant denies killing cousin," Associated Press, June 21, 2000

"Jury finds Kupaza guilty of cousin's murder," Associated Press, June 22, 2000

Wisconsin v. Peter T. Kupaza, Appeal No. 01-0790-CR, IN COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT IV, April 24, 2003

"Body parts case goes to Wisconsin Supreme Court," Baraboo News Republic, May 31, 2003

Hagelberg, K. "Expert accused of faking evidence," Akron Beacon-Journal, June 28, 2003


Estate of Sam Sheppard v. State of Ohio

Gregg McCrary; Brent E. Turvey

The Estate of Sam Sheppard v. State of Ohio
Case No. 312322 - Affidavit

Date: March 25th, 2000

Affidavit: Affidavit prepared by Brent E. Turvey for the Estate of Sam Sheppard. Admissibility of profiling evidence for identification; review of Criminal Investigative Analysis composed by Gregg O. McCrary. Entered into evidence on Wednesday, March 29, 2000.


Wisconsin v. John Maloney Brent Turvey Threshold Assessment of case material
Wisconsin v. John Maloney
Milwaukee County

Date: April 19th, 2000

Threshold Assessment: John Maloney was tried and convicted on charges of first-degree homicide, arson and mutilating a corpse in February of 2000. This investigative report reviews the physical evidence of crime related behavior, victimology, and crime scene characteristics in order to provide investigative and forensic direction.


The Estate of Samuel H. Sheppard v. State of Ohio Gregg McCrary The Estate of Samuel H. Sheppard v. The State of Ohio

Date: December 1st, 1999

Criminal Investigative Analysis: Opinions relating to victim risk, crime reconstruction, motive, and the precise identity of the offender.

See also:

Affidavit: Affidavit prepared by Brent E. Turvey for the Estate of Sam Sheppard. Admissibility of profiling evidence for identification; review of Criminal Investigative Analysis composed by Gregg O. McCrary. Entered into evidence on Wednesday, March 29, 2000.


California v. Douglas Mouser Michael Prodan; Brent E. Turvey California v. Douglas S. Mouser
County of Stanislaus, Case No. 139818

Date: September - December 1999

Sworn testimony: Sworn testimony of both criminal profilers on the crime analysis issues of victimology, motivation, and primary/ secondary scene determination.


California v. Johnny Duane Miles Brent E. Turvey California v. Johnny Duane Miles, Superior Court of the State of California for the Country of San Bernardino, Case No. FSB 09438, January 6th, 1999

Sworn testimony: Modus Operandi, Signature, and Case Linkage


Washington v. Guy Rasmussen Brent Turvey This report was prepared on October 12th, 1998.

Crime Scene Analysis


James Moore; Steve Branch; Chris Byers Brent Turvey This profile was entered into evidence in the state of Arkansas as part of a Rule 37 hearing on May 5, 1998.

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