Just Solving a Hit-and-Run in Sin City

Just Solving a Hit-and-Run in Sin City

Original Release Date: August 12, 2022

In episode two of our Case Studies: Part 1 mini season, Just Science sat down with Stacey Chepren, member of a trial team for prosecuting federal criminal misconduct cases, to discuss a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run involving trace and digital evidence.

On a quiet morning in the city limits of Las Vegas, a pedestrian in a well-lit crosswalk was struck by an impaired driver who left the scene. There were no witnesses, but authorities quickly pieced together the case through a vehicle’s aftermarket paint job and neighborhood video footage. Listen along as Stacey discusses the multi-agency cooperation and forensic analyses used to identify the suspect.

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

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Guest Biography

Stacey Chepren’s career in the forensic community began with her graduation from the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School as a Paralegal. From there she has been a member of the trial team for the prosecution of federal criminal misconduct for over ten years. Her work includes case management, evidence evaluation and analysis for case disposition, conducting victim/witness interviews, crime scene site visits and photography, assisting law enforcement with suspect interviews, witness preparation, and trial strategy. She has also repatriated remains of service members with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, was in charge of the legal oversight for mortuary operations in a deployed environment and is currently a Medicolegal Investigator for the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System (FEMORS). Stacey specializes in death cases. She holds a Master of Forensic Sciences and a Master of Sciences in Forensic Medicine.  Stacey was selected to speak in person to the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C. as a representative from the field concerning the Air Force Special Victims’ Program. Additionally, Stacey is a member of the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners (IACME) Advocacy Committee and the Programs Manager for the IACME.   

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