• Analysts train for crime scene reconstruction


    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Crime scene reconstruction and training took place Tuesday in Gwinnett County.

    The nonprofit Forensic Training Foundation conducted the class. Crime scene manager Jeff Branyon explained the nuts and bolts that a crime scene analyst looks for at every crime scene.

    "We're the finders of fact. We go to a crime scene and people want to know what happened," Branyon told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.

    Twenty-seven fact finders from Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta and some surrounding states honed their skills during a forensic crime scene training, reconstructing various shooting scenes.
    "You can't overlook anything. You have really have to have an eye open for all those tiny little details. If you miss something, there's no going back," crime scene investigator Ashley Pizzuto said.

    Pizzuto said those details are facts free from human interpretation that can completely shape an investigation. She said her best tools are the basics, knowing what to look for and good instincts.

    "All the people see the TV shows and they think, ‘Oh this fancy equipment, the holograms and all this glamorous stuff,’” she said.  

    Technicians take the training from classrooms to crime scenes and even the courtroom. They're often called to testify about what they see and reconstruct. A crime novelist donated the money for each trainee to attend.

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