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Wed April 17, 2013
Science

Blood Spatter Expert to Speak at MTSU

Blood spatter expert Paulette Sutton.
Credit mtsu.edu

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  One of the nation’s foremost forensic blood-spatter experts is scheduled to make a presentation in the mid-state.

Middle Tennessee State University will welcome forensic specialist Paulette Sutton to the campus as the keynote speaker for the school’s annual Forensic Institute conference.

Sutton is a University of Tennessee grad who now consults on cases worldwide. She started her career as a crime lab technologist, but developed a fascination with blood-spatter while visiting crime scenes.

“Wouldn’t it be great to understand how that pattern was created? It’s like running the clock backwards and actually seeing this mechanism occur.”

Sutton says one of her most memorable cases involved the murder of a Memphis police officer as she sat in her cruiser. Sutton’s blood-spatter analysis proved crucial in the trial of the person charged in the case.

“After my testimony, members of her family came up and thanked me because it helped them understand what her last moments were like.”

Sutton will speak in the ballroom of the new MTSU Student Union Building beginning at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.