Knox & Associates President and Chief Forensic Consultant Michael A. Knox has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) since 2001.
Knox & Associates President and Chief Forensic Consultant Michael A. Knox is board certified as a crime scene reconstructionist through the International Association for Identification.
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Michael Knox was interviewed by Jacksonville's News4Jax in reference to the murder of a 13-month-old toddler and shooting of the toddler's mother, Sherry West, in Brunswick, Georgia. West was shot in the leg and the toddler was killed allegedly by De'Marquise Elkins and Dominique Lang while walking in a neigborhood. Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab reports showed that both Elkins and the toddler's father, Louis Santiago, had gunshot residue on their hands shortly after the shooting took place. While GSR on Elkin's could easily be explained, Santiago was not present for the shooting, so the presence of GSR on his hands leads to questions about shooting. Mr. Knox explained the meaning of GSR on the hands and provided expert commentary about what it may mean to the case. To view the News4Jax feature story, click here.
Michael Knox spent several days in Sanford, Florida, providing live commentary for WKMG Local 6 Orlando on the forensic evidence in the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin. Mr. Knox was also appeared as a guest on HLN's Nancy Grace and was interviewed by CBS News and WPLG Local 10 Miami. Mr. Knox appeared as a live radio guest on 1320 AM in Lansing, Michigan with Michael Cohen. To view the Local 10 Miami interview, click here.
Michael Knox was interviewed by Jacksonville's News4Jax in reference to the murder of eight-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle, who was abducted and killed by Donald James Smith, a 56-year-old registered sex offender who had gotten out of jail just 21 days before the murder after serving only one year for posing as a Florida Department of Children and Families worker and attempting to gain access to a nine-year-old girl. Smith had a nearly 40-year history of mental health commitments and felony prosecutions related to committed or attempted sex crimes against children. To view the News4Jax feature story, click here. To read Mr. Knox's blog post on the case, click here.
Michael Knox was featured in a two-part story by Orlando's WKMG Local 6 News reporter Tony Pipitone about Mr. Knox's reconstruction of the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The story focused on Mr. Knox's reconstruction of the timeline of events and his analysis of the range of fire of the gunshot wound that killed the teen. To watch the video and read the story, click here and here.
Michael Knox appeared on News4Jax's The Morning Show discussing the gun control debate in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. To view the video, click here. Mr. Knox was also interviewed by for a news story about how investigators are combing Adam Lanza's computers and electronic devices for evidence about the massacre. To view the video, click here.
Michael Knox released a book entitled Intermediate Range: The Forensic Evidence in the Killing of Trayvon Martin that explains the forensic evidence and provides an inside look into the difficulties of prosecuting George Zimmerman for the killing. To order the book on Amazon, click here.
Michael Knox appeared as a live expert guest on the Jane Velez-Mitchell show on CNN Headline News providing commentary regarding the February shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Mike consulted with the producers of the show to provide expert analysis of the shooting based on the recently-released autopsy report. In particular, Mike was asked to comment on the range of fire and explain what was meant by the forensic pathologist's determination that the shot was fired from "intermediate range". Mike explained that the shooting apparently took place with the muzzle around six to twelve inches from Trayvon Martin's body. However, the results of further testing will be needed to reach a definitive conclusion.
Michael Knox appeared as a live expert guest on the Jane Velez-Mitchell show on CNN Headline News providing commentary regarding the abduction of a Tennessee mother and her three daughters.
Michael Knox has achieved certification as a crime scene reconstructionist through the International Association for Identification. This newly-developed certification process requires applicants with appropriate minimum qualifications to apply and receive board approval before taking a comprehensive, two-part examination. Applicants must pass a 300 question multiple choice exam before moving on to complete a practical evaluation. Only a small handful of practitioners around the country have achieved this certification.
Knox & Associates, LLC, recently assisted criminal defense attorney C. Michael Williams with a case involving a defendant charged with attempted first degree murder for a shooting in which the alleged victim was shot twice. After completing a comprehensive analysis of the scene and physical evidence, our experts produced a 65-page report detailing what happened and bringing to light numerous questions about the physical evidence that the police never answered. The alleged victim, who was never charged with any crime in connection with the shooting, fired numerous shots at the defendant, even shooting the driver of the car the defendant was in. Our analysis showed that it was impossible to prove who fired first and that the victim's testimony was inconsistent with the physical evidence. It is likely that the victim fired first and that the shooting actually began at another location. After receiving our report, the prosecutor dropped the remaining charges against the defendant, who had already pled guilty to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Michael Knox testified at the murder trial of a defendant in Daytona Beach, Florida, as an expert witness for the State Attorney's Office. The defendant, a cocaine user who was accused of shooting a drug dealer twice and killing him during an apparent attempt to rob him of his cocaine, was facing a charge of second-degree murder. At a hearing in which the defendant claimed immunity from prosecution, he testified that he did not shoot the victim at, but, instead, the victim shot himself as the two struggled over a pistol that the defendant attempted to pull on the victim after the defendant refused to buy crack cocaine from the victim. Knox & Associates put together a comprehensive analysis that showed that the defendant's claims were not possible given the physical evidence in the case. The jury found the defendant guilty of third-degree murder.
Forensic consultant Michael F. LaForte has joined the staff of Knox & Associates, LLC, full time to provide crime scene analysis and reconstruction services, as well as to assist with evidence collection and documentation of traffic accident cases. Mike brings with him over 30 years of law enforcement experience and over 20 years experience in crime scene investigations and analysis.
Michael Knox made a general sessions presentation at the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction 2011 Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Mike's presentation dealt with the application of photogrammetry and three-dimensional computer modeling to the practice of crime scene reconstruction.
Michael Knox appeared on News4Jax's The Morning Show as an expert providing commentary on the recent shootings of 11 police officers around the country within a 24-hour period. Mike discussed the dangers inherent to policing in the United States and the nature in which police face those dangers. To view the video, click here.
Michael Knox travelled to Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, as an advisor for the United States Embassy under contract with Professional Business Solutions, Inc.to provide shooting incident reconstruction training to 23 members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Police Criminalistics Division. The week-long course included hands-on and live-fire practicals. The training received extensive coverage in the Georgian media when crews from five television stations attended the live-fire training exercises.
Michael Knox appeared on News4Jax's The Morning Show as an expert providing commentary on a dramatic Ohio police-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a deputy sheriff, a serious injury to another police officer, and the death of the gunman. The incident was captured on video, and Mike appeared as a guest of anchor Staci Spanos to discuss the incident.
Knox & Associates president and chief forensic consultant Michael A. Knox was a presenter at the American Society of Mechanical Engineer's International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition held in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mike's paper entitled Forensic Engineering Applications in Crime Scene Reconstruction deals with ways in which forensic engineers can apply their discipline to crime scene reconstruction problems and outlines not only the utility of, but the need for, the involvement of forensic engineers in the field of crime scene reconstruction.
Michael Knox traveled to Camdenton, Missouri, where he was a presenter at the National CSI Camp put on by the Center for Advanced Technical Law Enforcement Training, Inc. Mike presented three 4-hour sessions on shooting incident reconstruction involving vehicles, each of which included hands-on training with a vehicle that had actually been shot by several firearms.
Knox & Associates president and chief forensic consultant Michael A. Knox appeared on News4Jax's The Morning Show as an expert providing commentary on the use of familial DNA to help solve the Grim Sleeper serial killer case in Los Angeles.
Knox & Associates president and chief forensic consultant Michael A. Knox has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Florida.
Knox & Associates president and chief forensic consultant Michael A. Knox spent two weeks in Peru where, as a representative of Sirchie Fingerprint Laboratories, Inc., he provided crime scene training to officials with the Peruvian government. Mike first traveled to Lima where he instructed a week-long course on crime scene procedures for two dozen doctors from the nation's Public Ministry. While in Lima, Mike also made a presentation on crime scene technology to members of the Criminalistics Division of the Peruvian National Police, focusing primarily on the uses and benefits of BLUESTAR® FORENSIC, a greatly enhanced luminol-based presumptive blood detection chemistry. Mike then traveled to Chiclayo where he presented another week-long training session for doctors and officials with the Public Ministry office in that district.
Knox & Associates president and chief forensic consultant Michael A. Knox has taken an early retirement from his position as a detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in order to run Knox & Associates, LLC, full time. This move opens the door for Knox & Associates to serve the legal and insurance communities unencumbered by restrictions that up to this point had prevented the firm from taking certain cases or dealing with certain clients. With these restrictions gone and with Mike's full focus on the firm, our services will get better, our turnaround quicker, and our ability to serve our clients more focused.
Knox & Associates president and chief forensic consultant Michael A. Knox traveled to Dubai Police General Headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and provided crime scene training to about two dozen police officers and scientists with the Forensic Science Department of the Dubai Police. The training, coordinated by Sirchie Fingerprint Laboratories, Inc., covered topics related to crime scene management, processing and reconstruction.
Knox & Associates president and chief forensic consultant Michael A. Knox testified in the trial of Rasheem Dubose, Terrell Dubose, and Tajuane Dubose, three brothers accused of murdering eight-year-old Dreshawna Davis. One evening in July 2006, 29 shots were fired from three different weapons into the home in which the little girl had been sitting on her bed watching The Cat in the Hat. Five shots ripped through her bedroom wall, one of which struck and killed her. Testifying as an expert in crime scene reconstruction, Mike walked the jury through the path of each of the 29 shots that he meticulously traced showing the approximate area from which each shot was fired. Mike also determined which of the shots actually struck Dreshawna and was able to pinpoint the location of the shooter.
Trajectory Reconstruction · Shot Sequencing · Who Fired the Fatal Shot? · Wound Dynamics · Gunshot Residue & Range of Fire · Bloodstain Pattern Evidence · Compliance with Policy · Training Standards · Investigative Practices · Diagramming · Photography · Photogrammetry · Three-Dimensional Computer Modeling · Animation
Shooting Incidents · Police-Involved Shootings · Bloodstain Pattern Evidence · Death Scene Analysis · Cold Case Analysis · Sequence of Events · Equivocal Death Cases · Homicides · Accidental Deaths · Suicides · Technical & Mathematical Analysis · Scene Mapping · Diagramming · Photography · Photogrammetry
Speed Determination · Collision Analysis · Impaired Driving · Time-Distance Analysis · Momentum · Energy · Occupant Kinematics · Low-Speed Impacts · Lamp Examination · Computerized Analysis · Crash Data Retrieval · Scene Mapping · Diagramming · Photography · Photogrammetry · Mechanical Inspection
Our experts have over 45 years of combined law enforcement experience with over 25 years of experience in crime scene and traffic homicide investigations. President & Chief Forensic Consultant Michael A. Knox has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. We bring you the experience that matters and the education that makes a difference.
Eagle Crime Scenes, Inc., has taken an innovative approach to providing crime scene training. Too many crime scene processing manuals are full of theory with very little practical application. When you're in the field at an actual crime scene, you don't need a book that tells you about all the different things that can be done on television; you need a manual that will guide you through the steps of processing the scene you're at right now. You need a manual that will tell you how to photograph your crime scene, how to document the evidence, how to collect measurements, how to process floors for footwear impressions, how to photograph fingerprints on difficult surfaces, how to use chemicals to bring up important evidence, and, most of all, how to put everything together into the finished product: a case ready to be presented in court.
Knox & Associates is a full-service forensic consulting firm that specializes in traffic accident reconstruction, crime scene reconstruction, bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting incident reconstruction, death scene analysis, equivocal death investigations, and scene documentation.
Knox & Associates is unique in combining years of practical law enforcement experience with an education in mechanical engineering. This combination of background allows the experts at Knox & Associates to perform very technical analysis but apply it in a context that is only learned through experience.
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American author William Burroughs wrote: "Truth is used to vitalize a statement rather than devitalize it. Truth implies more than a simple statement of fact." In today’s litigious environment, truth is a most valuable commodity. Knowing the facts does not suffice; those facts must add up to the truth. In the technical worlds of crime scene investigations and traffic accident cases, using the facts to learn the truth is the job of a forensic consultant. At Knox & Associates, helping you learn the truth from the facts is our mission. At Knox & Associates, we bring truth to light.
I have sat on the witness stand many times and told the story of what really happened—the truth—even when it meant damaging my own case. Why? Because honesty builds a positive reputation, and in my business reputation is everything. If I cannot be trusted, my testimony means nothing. I am proud to know that my testimony is respected.
At Knox & Associates, we believe in being on the cutting edge of the field, always striving for a unique perspective. I am rarely satisfied with the status quo, opting instead to search for answers which lead to new questions which lead to new answers. Things are often not what they seem, and it is my job to dig beyond appearances and find the information that makes a difference. That is the mission at Knox & Associates.
Michael A. Knox
President & Chief Forensic Consultant