Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics Webinar - Best Practices for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in Cold Cases of Sexual Assault and Homicide

Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics Webinar - Best Practices for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in Cold Cases of Sexual Assault and Homicide

October 27 — 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET


SAKI TTA will host a webinar titled, Best Practices for Bloodstain Analysis in Cold Cases of Sexual Assault and Homicide, on Wednesday, October 27th from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET. This webinar will be presented by John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor with AEquitas, and Jennifer Dillion, Forensic Scientist with the Michigan State Police.

Evidence of bloodstain patterns can often be key to understanding how a violent crime occurred, whether a current or cold case. Working closely with bloodstain pattern analysts and developing a basic understanding of the science can assist prosecutors in developing compelling cases for trial. Bloodstain pattern analysis has evolved over time. As such, there has been an increasing trend in standardization of training, terminology, methods used, report writing, and testimony.

This presentation will serve as an introduction to bloodstain pattern analysis highlighting how it can be useful in crime scene investigations. The presenters will provide insight for adhering to current best practices including documentation associated with supporting DNA analysis, limitations of the discipline, as well as approaches for reviewing and preparing for trial, presentation of expert testimony and defense challenges to this evidence.


  • Explain the foundational basis of the science of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Explain the history and current best practices of bloodstain pattern documentation and analysis
  • Assess if the documentation in your case is adequate to request bloodstain pattern analysis in a cold case
  • Prepare for testimony, to include discovery requests and pre-trial conferences
  • Educate judges and juries about the significance of bloodstain pattern analysis
  • Anticipate and respond to defense challenges at trial

Please register by clicking on the 'Register Here' button above. Feel free to forward the registration information to others! Please do not hesitate to reach out to the SAKI TTA team if you have any questions. We look forward to your participation! 

This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.


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