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Wednesday, September 10th, 1:30-3:00 PM
Steve Loftis, Greenville County Sheriff
"The Crime Scene: A General Overview"

Steve Loftis has been with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office since September 1, 1977. Before that, he served as a Uniform Patrol Officer for the City of Anderson Police Department. Having made the move to Greenville County, he soon rose to Deputy II, then Master Deputy in 1979. In 1981, he was promoted to Sergeant in Uniform Patrol, then Lieutenant in Uniform Patrol. In 1994 Steve Loftis was promoted to Captain in the Judicial Services Division, Uniform Patrol, Field Operations, and the Administrative Services Division. On September 4, 2002 was called upon to fill the need for Interim Sheriff and served in that capacity until January 2003 when he was elected Sheriff.

Sheriff Loftis attended Crescent High School, Anderson College and attended the FBI National Academy in 1992 from which he graduated as a member of the 171st Session.

Steve and his wife Cathy Loftis have been married for 31 years and have two children: sixteen year old Andrew and a seven year old daughter, Kayci. The family attends East North Street Baptist Church where Sheriff Loftis serves as a deacon.

Wednesday, September 17th, 1:30-3:00 PM

Sergeant Renee Sherbert,
Latent Fingerprint Examiner
Greenville County Dept of Public Safety
Forensic Division
"Collection & Preservation of Evidence"

I received an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Greenville Technical College in 1991 and began my career in Law Enforcement at the age of 19 as a Communication Specialist with the Mauldin Police Department. Upon reaching my 21st birthday, I was hired with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office where I proudly served for twelve years in the Uniform Patrol Division and in the D.A.R.E. Unit. In 1997 I transferred to the Crime Scene Section of the Forensic Division and learned more than I ever dreamed possible. I received my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Americus University in 2003.

I have found that Forensics is where it's at! I love being able to put the pieces of a puzzle together and know what happened on a crime scene without having to rely on victims or witnesses accounts. I realized from the beginning that I cannot learn all there is to know in the Forensic field before I retire, but I am going to try. I finally made it to the Latent Fingerprint Section where I get to spend all day doing what I love, looking at fingerprints!!!!

I have been a member of the South Carolina Division of the International Association for Identification since 1998 and the Parent body since 2000. I am proud to have served on the SCIAI Board since being elected at the 2001 state conference. I was elected and currently serve as 2nd Vice President.

Wednesday, September 24th, 1:30-3:00 PM
Coroner Parks Evans
Greenville County Coroner’s Office
"Evidence to Determine Manner of Death"


Bobby Parks Evans, Jr. D-ABMDI (Parks) is a native Greenvillian who began his impressive educational background by attending Duncan Chapel Elementary School, Lakeview Middle and Berea Middle before attending Berea High School. After graduating Parks Evans went on to attend Furman University on a football scholarship, the Gardner-Ebb and Greenville Technical College.

Parks Evans is certified by, and serves on the board of South Carolina Coroners Association (Executive Board), Past President of South Carolina Coroners Association, Chairman, South Carolina Coroners Training Advisory Board, Law Enforcement Advisory Board, Greenville Technical College The American Red Cross National Tissue Services Advisory Committee, American Red Cross, Armed Forces Emergency Services Committee, South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Basic 1, 1983, Certified Law Enforcement Diver, Certified Advanced Open Water Diver, Certified Night Diver, Diplomat – American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigator, Registration #258.

Parks Evans has completed courses at Saint Louis Medical University’s Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course, Saint Louis Medical University Masters 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 in Death Investigation. Advanced Homicide Investigation, Blood Splatter Pattern Analysis, Questionable Deaths: Homicide, Suicide, or Accidental, Death Scene Processing, Satanism,/Cults and Ritualistic Crimes, Investigation of Infant and Child Deaths, Investigation and Prosecuting Fetal Child Maltreatment, Forensic Pathology and Evidence in Death Investigation, Mass Fatalities Incident Response Course (G386), Operation Lifesaver Grade Crossing Collision Investigation Course.

Parks Evans has worked five years with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, four years with the Greenville County Coroner’s Office as Deputy Coroner, and was appointed Coroner by Governor Carol Campbell, September 8, 1991. He was elected to the position November 1992 and have been reelected 3 times.

Parks Evans is forty-fours years of age and lives in Greenville with his wife Sonya and three children, Bobby Parks Evans III, Ivy Danielle Evans and Elise McKenzie Evans

Wednesday, October 1st, 1:30-3:00 PM
Doug Ross, SLED Arson Investigator
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
"Arson as Crime and Cover"


Doug Ross began his career in law enforcement in 1975 as a uniformed patrolman for the Greenville, SC Police Department. While at the Greenville Police Department for 13 years he drew assignments in Vice and Narcotics, Detective Division, Part II Criminal Investigations, Training Officer and finally was named the City Police Departments first full-time arson investigator.

In 1988, Doug left the Greenville Police Department to begin work as a field agent for the SC Arson Control Team. In 1989 he was promoted to Lieutenant and supervised the Upper half of South Carolina. In 1991 the Arson Control Team transferred to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), where he continues his field supervision of seven agents in the upper half of South Carolina.

Doug is recognized as a Certified Fire Investigator by the International Association of Arson Investigators based in St. Louis, MO. There are less than 800 IAAI Certified Fire Investigators in the world.

Doug is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators where he is currently a member of the IAAI Training and Education Committee and also is serving on the Test Question subcommittee for the IAAI Certified Fire Investigator Committee.

He is a member of the SC Law Enforcement Officers Association, the SC Fireman’s Association, The Carolina Fire Investigators Association, and the SC and NC Chapters of the International Association of Arson Investigators. He coordinates and delivers Arson Investigation training at the SC Criminal Justice Academy, the SC Fire Academy, the SC Chapter of IAAI and the Carolina Fire Investigators Association. He has also conducted training sessions for the National District Attorneys Association, The National Advocacy Center, The SC Legal Investigators Association, the Pinellas County, Florida Arson Co-Op and many fire and police agencies in South Carolina. He is an organizing committee member for the Spartanburg County, SC Fire Investigation Team and has taken the lead in training their team. He is in his 28th year as a certified law enforcement officer in South Carolina. He has worked in excess of 1600 fire scenes and has instructed over 1100 hours of arson-related training for both fire and police.

Wednesday, October 8th, 1:30-3:00 PM

Jeff Hollifield
Chemical Microscopist, Micro Analytical
"Trace Evidence"


Jeff Hollifield, a native of North Carolina, is a chemical microscopist with an extensive background in the examination of forensic evidence. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from Furman University in 1984 and 1986. Jeff worked as a criminalist with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in Columbia for ten years and then studied microscopy at McCrone Research Institute in Chicago for one year. In 1997 he founded Micro Analytical, a private forensics lab in Greenville, and he has testified over 145 times in local, state and federal courts. Jeff's writing has been published in The Microscope and Microscopy Today, among other scientific journals, and he has been a guest lecturer for various schools and organizations including the American Chemical Society and the Institut for Toxikologie in Kiel, Germany. In addition to serving as president of Micro Analytical, Jeff is adjunct instructor at Greenville Technical College, teaching courses in chemistry and criminalistics. In the fall of 2003, he will begin teaching a chemical microscopy course at Greenville Tech, the only course of it's kind in South Carolina and one of the few chemical microscopy courses offered in the United States.

Mr. Hollifield's company, Micro Analytical, is a private chemical microscopy laboratory located in Upstate South Carolina specializing in particle identification and chemical analysis for industry as well as forensic trace evidence exams for criminal and civil casework. They provide chemical analysis, imaging, consultation, court testimony, technical peer review, training and media presentations. They serve law enforcement agencies, attorneys, insurance adjusters, industry and individuals.

Some instrumentation and techniques used include polarized light microscopy, optical crystallography, chemical microscopy, dispersion staining imaging, FTIR spectrophotometry, X-ray florescence spectrometry (qualitative and quantitative, and sodium through uranium), UV-visible spectrophotometry, ion chromatography and gas chromatography. Examinations are made for particle identification, contaminant identification, analysis of salts, solutions, powders, metals and liquids.

Primary forensic examinations are made for paint, textile fibers, glass, soil, gunshot residue, human and animal hairs, insulation, metals, explosive materials, headlamp filaments, inks, and drugs.

Wednesday, October 15th, 1:30-3:00 PM
James McDonald, Criminalist
Dir of Greenville County Forensic Division Crime Lab
"Crime Lab Evidence Analysis"


James R. McDonald began his law enforcement/forensics career as the first Drug Chemist for the Greenville Crime Laboratory in 1987. He has been employed by Greenville County for the past 16 ½ years and served in several distinguished capacities. With in two years of employment, he was promoted to the position of the Crime Laboratory Director. During a most difficult time in the life of the Greenville County Detention Center, he was appointed as the Jail Administrator for Greenville County (1998-1999). He served for one year in this capacity and then returned to the Crime Laboratory.

Upon his return, Mr. McDonald provided definitive leadership to expand the laboratory’s services. In addition to Drug Analysis and Document Examination, services now include Firearms Examination, Fire Debris Analysis, Gunshot Residue Analysis and Trace Analysis. Mr. McDonald’s daily duties involve supervising two full-time and three part-time Criminalist as well as conducting analyses in the areas of Drugs, Fire Debris and Gunshot Residue Analyses. He has performed thousands of analyses and testified as an expert witness over 150 times in local, state and federal courts.

For the past 10 years, Mr. McDonald has served as a member of the Greenville Technical College Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.

He is currently serving as the Chairman of this committee. He played an instrumental role in the creation of the Forensic Science Certificate Program at Greenville Tech. He also works as an adjunct professor for the Criminal Justice Department teaching Criminalistics.

Mr. McDonald holds an Associate in Science in Biology from North Greenville College(’83), a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Furman University(’86) and a Master of Public Administration from Clemson University(’97). He is a certified law enforcement officer and has received over 700 hours of specialized training in the areas of forensic analysis and instrumental operation. Several of his major training courses were instructed by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Federal Bureau of Investigations Forensic Research Laboratory.

Mr. McDonald is married to Robin Daves of Wellford. They have two children James and Sarah. They live in Taylors, SC and are active members of Taylors First Baptist Church.

Wednesday, October 22nd, 1:30-3:00 PM
Dr. Michael Ward, Pathologist
Greenville County Coroner’s Office
"Autopsy Evidence Collection"


Dr Michael Eugene Ward, chief medical examiner and forensic and autopsy pathologist for Greenville County, is a nationally recognized speaker, instructor and the author of technical papers on a variety of topics in forensic sciences.

Michael Eugene Ward currently serves as Chief Medical Examiner for the office of the Medical Examiner for Greenville County and as Forensic and Autopsy Pathologist for
Pathology Associates of Greenville. Before coming to Greenville, Dr Ward served as Medical Investigator and Assistant Professor of Pathology for the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr Ward began work in this field as a Forensic Technician for the Jefferson County Coroner, Forensic Technician for the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and Associate Medical Examiner for the Charleston County Medical Examiners Office, Charleston, South Carolina.

Dr Ward hold certification and licensure as Diplomate, American Board of Pathology in Forensic Pathology, 1993 Diplomate, American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology, 1992 Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1989 South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners and 1988 New Mexico State Board of Medical Examiners, 1993.

Dr Ward obtained his M.D. in 1988 from the University of Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, Alabama; his MS, in 1984 from the University of Alabama Forensic Science Birmingham and his Bachelor in Science/Biology in 1982 from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Dr Ward has received Post Graduate Training as Fellowship in Forensic Pathology,
Office of the Medical Investigator, University of New Mexico, the School of Medicine Albuquerque, New Mexico, as Chief Resident Anatomic Pathology, Chief Resident Anatomic Pathology, Residency in Anatomic Pathology, Medical University of South Carolina at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Charleston, South Carolina.

Dr Ward was appointed to the South Carolina Child Fatality Review Committee in 1999.
Dr Ward has been awarded Outstanding Scholastic Achievement in Biological Sciences, (1981), Dobro Slovo -National Slavic Honor Society, (1982), Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching -Sophomore Medical Class (1990- 91).

Dr Ward is a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, South Carolina Medical Society, and the Greenville County Medical Society.

Dr Ward’s publications include: William Thompson, M.D., Deepak Malhotra, David Schammel, M.D., Walter Blackwell, M.D., Michael Ward, M.D., Amitava Dasguptq, Ph.D. : False Positive Ethanol in Clinical and Post-mortem Sera by Enzymatic Assay: Elimination of Interference by Estimating Alcohol in Protein Free Ultrafiltrate. Clinical Chemistry 1994; 40(8) :1594-5; Michael E. Ward, M.D., Christopher Lawrence, M.D., Sandra Conradi, M.D., and Kurt B. Nolte, M.D. : Inappropriate Use of .38 Special Ammunition in .30-30 Rifles. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 39, No.5, September 1994, pp. 1175 118 Timothy G. Timmerman, M.D., Kathryn Foucar, M.D., and Michael E Ward, M.D. : Fatal Necrotic Bone Marrow Embolization in Hemoglobin SC Disease. Hematology Check Sample, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Hematopathology, Volume 1, Number 7, 1995.

Michael E. Ward, M.D., and Richard F. Meyerhein, M.S. : Diethyl Ether, a Chemical Asphyxiant Used as a prelude to Homicide: A report of Three Cases. Journal of Forensic Sciences 1997;42(2) :345-49; Stephen J. Cina, M.D., Michael E. Ward, M.D., Melanie A Hopkins, M.D., and Clay A. Nichols, M.D. : Multifactorial Analysis of Firearm Wounds to the Head with Attention to Anatomic Location. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology Vol 20(2) :109-115, 1999; Michael E. Ward, M.D., and A. Ronald Cowley, M.D., Ph.D. : Hypothermia: A Natural Cause of Death. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology Vol. 20(4) :383-386,1999; Michael E. Ward, M.D., and Kurt B. Nolte, M.D. : Ballistic Characterization of the Remington Premier Copper Solid Sabot Shotgun Slug. The Journal of Forensic Sciences 2000;45(6) :1259-1266; Henrik Druid, M.D. and Michael E. Ward, M.D. : Incomplete Shored Exit Wounds. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 21(3) :220-224, 2000.

Dr Ward has been awarded the "Characterization of Potential Wounding Patterns of the 'Copper Solid' Sabot Shotgun Slug" grant by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Pathology/Biology Section.

Dr Ward’s professional presentations include "Inappropriate Use of .38 Special Ammunition in .30-30 Rifles," Poster presentation, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 45th Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, February 1993; "To Sleep, Per Chance to Die; Chemical Asphyxiants Used as a Prelude to Homicide," Poster Presentation, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 46th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, February 1994; Frank Ciaccio and Michael Ward, M.D. : "The Use of Portable Radiography in Crime Scene Investigation" presentation -National Association of Medical Examiners Annual Meeting, Fort Worth, Texas, September 1993; Michael E. Ward, M.D. : "Sudden Cardiac Deaths in Greenville County, South Carolina", Poster Presentation, American Academy of Forensic; Sciences, 49th Annual Meeting, New York, New York, February 1997; Michael E. Ward, M.D., and Kurt B. Nolte, M.D. : "Ballistic Characterization of the Remington Premier Copper Solid Sabot Shotgun Slug.", platform presentation, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 50th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, February, 1998; Michael E. Ward, M.D., and A. Ronald Cowley, M.D., Ph.D. : "Hypothermia, a Natural Cause of Death" poster presentation, National Association of Medical Examiners annual meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October - November, 1998

Dr Ward’s teaching experience includes: "The Expert Witness" -Practice Deposition UNM Law Clinic, Universityof New Mexico School of Law, April 1994; "Basic Gunshot Wounds" -Lecture PIMP Block, Sophomore Medical School Class, University of New Mexico, 1993; "The Expert Medical Witness" -Lecture, Evidence/Trial Practice Course 2nd Year Law Students, University of New Mexico School of Law, October 1993; "Firearm Injuries" and "Forensic Neuropathology and Trauma" Lecture, Sophomore Medical Class, Forensic Elective Course, University of New Mexico School of Law, Fall 1992, 1993.

Wednesday, October 29th, 1:30-3:00 PM
Bob Ariail, Greenville County Solicitor
"Evidence Evaluation & Presentation"


Bob Ariail, our 13th Circuit Solicitor, was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, graduating from Greenville High, then Wofford College in 1969 with a BA in Government. He went on to graduate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1972, where after he immediately began his public service as Assistant Attorney General for the State of South Carolina representing Solicitor's Offices throughout the State where he remained until 1974. While there, he representing solicitor's offices throughout the state in appeals before the South Carolina Supreme Court and formed the Criminal Appeals section of that office.

In 1974 he established a private practice as a partner in the firm of Mitchell and Ariail, while serving part-time as assistant solicitor with the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit handling the prosecution of murder, armed robbery and other serious felony charges.

In July of 1997 Bob was appointed (and later confirmed) solicitor of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit by Governor David Beasley to complete the term of Joe Watson. He continued serving after being elected 1998 and reelected without opposition again, in 2002.

Bob Ariail has served on the South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination, received the Greenville County Sheriff's Award, and is a member of the SC Trial Lawyers Association, the SC Solicitors' Association, the National District Attorneys' Association, the SC Bar, and the Greenville County Bar.

Bob Ariail has served the community as a member of the Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Board of Trustees; as chairman of the Wofford College National Annual Fund; as Greenville Area Chairman for the Wofford College Capital Campaign; as board member of the Davidson College Athletic Foundation, and as a member of the Wofford Terrier Club.

He is married to the former Susan Spitler from Arlington, Virginia. They are the parents of two children and grandparents of one.

Wednesday, November 5th, 1:30-3:00 PM
FIELD TRIP to Morgue
Location: Greenville Hospital
701 Grove Road, Gvl, SC 29605


FIELD TRIP! Those of us more curious than squeamish, will participate in a tour of the Greenville County morgue! We'll learn how autopsy evidence assists in the solution of crimes by providing evidence and interpreting the stages of a body’s decay. Our class members will meet at 1:30 at Memorial Medical Office Building, 890 West Faris Road in Suite 110 and walk over to the morgue as a group.

Wednesday, November 12th, 1:30-3:00 PM
FIELD TRIP to Forensics Crime Lab
Location: Law Enforcement Center
20 McGee Street, Gvl., SC 29601


FIELD TRIP! Our class will visit the actual Greenville County labs which demystify and identify blood splatter patterns, analyze trace evidence from firearms and explosives, gun forensics, voice prints, entomology. Our class members will meet at 1:30 in Law Enforcement Center at 20 McGee Street, Gvl., SC 29601. We'll gather in the 1st floor office, (room 124) and proceed to the crime lab as a group.

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