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Akin & Associates Forensics provides Expert Services in numerous fields for Defense Attorneys.

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Louis L. Akin

LPI, AT, CSE,CDI
Louis Akin started into private investigation in San Francisco soon after leaving the El Paso Police Department where he had served as a patrol officer. In those days, there was no such thing as a crime scene analyst. It was considered part of the private investigator’s job to analyze criminal, personal injury, and product liability scenes and Akin especially enjoyed that kind of work. In 1972, when Akin was in San Francisco, he was attracted to the writings of Professor Paul Kirk who had taught at UC Berkeley across the Bay. Akin learned from the information Kirk made public and used it effectively in his crime scene reconstructions. Akin has subsequently read all the available literature on the subject (James, Kish & Sutton, Wonder, Lee, James & Eckert, and Bevel) and attended over 200 hours of blood pattern classes by several leading instructors. All told, Akin has accumulated about 3,000 hours of various investigative training courses including 2,600 in crime scene investigation and reconstruction since 2002. Akin is a Crime Scene Reconstruction expert, Licensed Private Investigator, former Autopsy Technician and Death Investigator with thirty-five years’ experience in criminal defense and personal injury death investigations. Akin has reconstructed approximately 300 death cases including the shooting of forty-four soldiers at Ft. Hood Texas by Major Nidal Hasan; a shootout between police and sovereign citizens in Louisiana that left two officers dead and two wounded, an explosion at Dow Chemical Company in California that left several dead and nearly 100 injured, and other multiple and single death scenes from both criminal and tort incidents. Akin is a member of the Homicide Research Working Group, past President, and current Advisory Board member of the Texas After Violence Project, a non-profit corporation, the former Crime Scene Consultant for the Webb County Medical Examiner’s Office, former Central Texas Regional Director of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators, and former Board member of the Criminal Justice Department at Austin Community College. He has worked cases in thirteen states.

Charlie Asher, JD.

DEFENSE MAP
Charlie Asher is an honors graduate of both Earlham College (B.S. 1974) and Indiana
University School of Law (J.D. 1977), an AV-rated (preeminent) attorney. He has
concentrated his practice in criminal defense.

Dr. Michael Spence

Ph. D. DNA
Dr. Michael Spence is an independent expert in forensic biology/DNA. He has been working as a scientist since 1980. For nearly 15 years during/after earning his Ph.D., Dr. Spence studied DNA/cancer research.

Dr. Elizabeth Peacock

MD, FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST
Dr. Elizabeth Peacock, MD is a forensic pathology specialist in Austin, TX and has been practicing for 31 years. She graduated from Tx Tech Univ Health Science Center School Of Medicine in 1987 and specializes in forensic pathology.

Kathleen Bright-Birnbaum

FINGERPRINT EXPERT
Ms Kathleen Bright – Birnbaum is an internationally recognized expert on forensic fingerprint identification and a n International Association for Identification Certified Latent Print Examiner since 1995.

Jeff Wax, PH. D.

MITIGATION SPECIALIST/DEFENSE INVESTIGATOR
Jeff has spent his career working within the criminal justice system commencing with the Maine State Police and subsequently as a legal investigator in private practice specializing in capital defense.