FROM CRIME SCENE TO COURTROOM-Dawna Kaufmann and Dr. Cyril Wecht
In March 2009, Michael Jackson stood before the world press and announced that he would be doing a series of live concerts at London's Grand Concourse stadium, beginning in July. The shows would be called "This Is It," and he referred to them as his "final curtain call.". But Michael would never make any of the dates. In June "The King of Pop" died at his Los Angeles home.
In 2004, a San Diego jury convicted Richard Tuite of fatally stabbing a 12-year-old Escondido girl named Stephanie Crowe. He was originally charged with murder in the case, but jurors rejected that and lowered the conviction to voluntary manslaughter when they decided he didn't act with malice, a necessary ingredient for a murder count. He was given a new trial and prosecuted for voluntary manslaughter, due to double jeopardy attached to the murder charge. Tuite was acquitted by a second San Diego jury.
Dr. Cyril H. Wecht is an expert in Forensic Medicine. His expertise has been utilized in high profile cases involving the assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the death of Elvis Presley, the O.J. Simpson case, and the JonBenet Ramsey case.
Dawna Kaufmann is an investigative journalist and co-author of 3 books with Dr. Wecht. A Question of Murder (2009) which includes chapters about the deaths of Anna Niciole Smith and the trials of Richrad Tuite and From Crime Scene to Courtroom (2011) examing the deaths of Michael Jackson, Caylee Anthony and Rolling Stone Brian Jones.
FROM CRIME SCENE TO COURTROOM and A QUESTION OF MURDER-Dawna Kaufmann and Dr. Cyril Wecht