Firearm/Toolmark

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Josh Wright started working in forensics in 2004 at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and served FDLE for nine years covering the Tallahassee and Pensacola regions.  Starting in 2006, he became a Firearm and Tool mark analyst.

During this time he gained experience and developed a keen eye for pattern matching using a comparison microscope.  Today he uses this experience and knowledge to consult counsel in criminal cases.  Our equipment is certified to analyze evidence and provide expert witness testimony.  Josh has testified in excess of 30 times.

Curriculum Vitae

Joshua A. Wright is an expert witness in the area of Ballistics and Firearm & Tool Mark Identification.  His expertise includes muzzle to target distance determination, gunshot residues (GSR), firearm examination to determine operability and safety, comparison of fired ammunition components to known evidence, and crime scene/shooting reconstruction to include number of shots and firearms fired, shooter location, cartridge case ejection pattern, trajectory, and ricochet.  Mr. Wright has a particularly developed eye as it pertains to the comparison microscope and uses a certified comparison microscope for all comparisons.  He is proficiency tested yearly in the area of bullet and cartridge case comparisons.  Prior to owning and operating Wright Forensic Consulting, he was employed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as a Forensic Expert in the Firearms section of the laboratory.  Since earning a degree in Criminology he has been employed in his field and has obtained a wide array of exposure in many areas of evidence examination including evidence collection and tracking, crime scene investigation, photography, latent fingerprints, tool mark identification and ballistics.

Professional history

2013–Present          Forensic Expert – Ballistics, Owner of Wright Forensic Consulting, Tallahassee, FL

Mr. Wright founded Wright Forensic Consulting in 2013 to provide defense and prosecuting counsel consultation and expert testimony in the areas of Ballistics, DNA, and Toxicology.

2006–2013              Crime Laboratory Analyst – Firearms Identification Section, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tallahassee, FL

Analyzed evidence firearms for functionality and safety, muzzle-to-target distance determination, serial number restoration, and compared test fires to questioned bullets and cartridge cases recovered from crime scenes and submitted as evidence to FDLE.  Testified 22 times relating to the evidence analyzed.

2005–2013              Crime Scene Assistant – Crime Scene Section, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tallahassee, FL

Documented, collected, measured, and preserved physical evidence at crime scenes. Utilized latents background to develop and lift fingerprints, leveraged firearms background to give critical investigative leads regarding firearms and ammunition components, used photography background when photographing evidence at shooting scenes, suicide scenes, homicide scenes, and autopsies.  Additional training through participation in the Forensic Response Team—a task force that worked with surrounding law enforcement agencies and other first responders responsible for hazardous and emergency situations.

2005–2006              Forensic Technologist – Latent Fingerprint Section, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tallahassee, FL

Learned to develop fingerprints on evidence using multiple techniques including fingerprint       powder, magnetic powder, chemical reagents, and cyanoacrylate (superglue).  Allocated evidence to analysts in the section.

2005–2006              Forensic Technologist – Photography, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tallahassee, FL

Photographed latent prints developed on evidence, enhanced clarity of images using More Hits computer software, and prepared examination area for latent comparison.

2004–2005               Crime Laboratory Technician – Evidence Section, Florida Department of Law                                                                                                        Enforcement, Tallahassee, FL

Received evidence from surrounding law enforcement agencies, logged evidence and case information in computer tracking system, sorted and stored evidence in the secure vault, and allocated evidence to pertinent sections of the laboratory.

Expert testimony

Testified as an expert 49 times.  Recent testimony provided below.

Independent Casework

  • State of Florida vs Cara Ryan 6th Judicial Circuit (2016) 1ST degree murder. Qualified as Forensic ballistics expert.  Telephonic deposition.
  • State of Florida vs Cedric Plummer 2nd Judicial Circuit (2016) Robbery with deadly weapon. Qualified as a Forensic ballistics expert.
  • State of Florida vs Curtis Wilson 5th Judicial Circuit (2016) Murder. Qualified as Forensic ballistics expert.  Telephonic deposition.
  • State of Florida vs Annastasia Moran 2nd Judicial Circuit (2016) Attempted murder. Qualified in Ballistics, Firearms to include air guns, Crime Scene, GSR.
  • State of Florida vs Hiram Morales 15th Judicial Circuit (2016) Murder. Subject matter expert (F/A ID/Ballistics/Shooting Reconstruction). Deposition in NC.
  • State of Florida vs David Taub, 17th Judicial Circuit (2016). 1st degree murder.  Firearms/Ballistics expert.  Telephonic deposition.
  • State of Florida vs Corey Richardson, 6th Judicial Circuit (2015). 2nd degree murder.  Subject matter expert (Ballistics/Shooting Reconstruction/Ricochet).  Qualified as Ballistics expert.
  • State of Florida vs Alexander Richardson, 6th Judicial Circuit (2015). 2nd degree murder. Subject matter expert (firearms). Qualified as a firearms/ballistics expert.
  • State of Florida vs Alexander Richardson, 6th Judicial Circuit (2015). 2nd degree murder.  Subject matter expert (firearms).  Telephonic deposition.
  • State of Florida vs Corey Richardson, 6th Judicial Circuit (2015). Attempted murder.  Shooting reconstruction (Ricochet) Analysis of firearm and fired/unfired ammunition components.  In person deposition.
  • State of Florida vs. Reginald Jerome Smith, 1st Judicial Circuit (2015).  Murder.  Microscopic comparison.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Craig LeBlanc, 9th Judicial Circuit (2015). Attempted murder.  Qualified as gunshot residue (GSR) expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Emmaneul C. Wallace, 9th Judicial Circuit (2015). Weapons offense.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs Delvin Purifoy, 1st Judicial Circuit (2014).   Microscopic comparison.  Telephonic deposition.
  • State of Florida vs. Delvin Purifoy, 1st Judicial Circuit (2014).   Microscopic comparison.  Qualified as expert in firearms, crime scene, and ballistics/trajectory.
  • State of Florida vs. Kyle Williams, 13th Judicial Circuit (2014).   Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs Carlos Perez, 6th Judicial Circuit (2014).   Subject matter expert.  Telephonic deposition.
  • State of Florida vs. Carlos Perez, 6th Judicial Circuit (2014).   Subject matter expertise.  Qualified as gunshot residue (GSR) expert.

FDLE Casework

  • State of Florida vs. Jefrey Rosario, 2nd Judicial Cirduit (2016). Attempted Murder. Microscopic comparisons.  Qualified as a firearm and Tool Mark expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Errol Meekins, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2015).   Ballistics expert for Defense.  Qualified as a Ballistics expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Alfred E. Hawkins, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2015). First degree murder.  Microscopic comparison.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Joshua D. Franklin, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2015).   Microscopic comparison.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Valerie F. Blanc, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2014).   Microscopic comparison.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Jacob A. Thomas, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2014).   Microscopic comparison and barrel & overall measurements.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Ernest L. Grandison, 3rd Judicial Circuit (2014). Murder, robbery.   Microscopic comparison.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Raynard J. Ford, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2013).   Bullet examination to provide list of firearms with similar class characteristics.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Chairty Furr, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2013).   Microscopic comparison, serial number restoration, and distance determination.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Dennis D. Bonner, 1st Judicial Circuit (2013). Assault with a firearm.  Microscopic comparison.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Michael L. Crump, 1st Judicial Circuit (2012). Attempted murder.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Shon Thomas, Julius Hearns, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2012). Attempted murder.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Tanner J. Collins, 14th Judicial Circuit (2012). First degree murder, robbery, burglary.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. John Kalisz, 5th Judicial Circuit (2012). Penalty phase, contributed to jury recommendation for death.  Qualified as firearm expert.
  • State of Florida vs. John Kalisz, 5th Judicial Circuit (2012). Double first degree murder.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. John Kalisz, 5th Judicial Circuit (2011). Double first degree murder.
  • State of Florida vs. Kevin Eberhardt, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2012). Attempted second degree murder.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Jose C. Cruz, 13th Judicial Circuit (2011). First degree murder.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Khalif Wilson, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2011). Assault with firearm.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. James Madison, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2011). Armed robbery with a firearm.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. William Yawn, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2010). First degree murder.  Qualified as firearms expert.
  • State of Florida vs. Johnnie A. Floyd, 2nd Judicial Circuit (2009).  Armed robbery and shooting. Qualified as firearms expert.

Specialized training and licenses

  • Shooting Reconstruction Course “Designing Practical Experiments”, Ricochet, Lucien & Mike Haag, Forensic Science Consultants, LLC, 2015
  • Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) Annual Conference, 2009, 2015
  • Forensic Technology, BRASSTRAX-3D & MATCHPOINT+ Courses, 2013
  • Gun powder manufacturing plant tour (St. Marks Powder), 2013
  • Emergency Response Educators and Consultants, Inc., Hazardous Material Technician Level Refresher Training, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Emergency Response Educators and Consultants, Inc., Florida Department of Environmental Protection ERT/FRT Full-Scale Exercise, 2012
  • National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, Emergency Response to Domestic Biological Incidents Performance Level, 2011
  • Armorer’s Courses (Colt, Glock, Remington and Sigarms) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
  • Emergency Management Institute, FEMA, Introduction to the Incident Command System, Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Response Framework, 2010
  • AFTE, Courtroom Testimony Training, 2009
  • BJA Improvised Explosive Device Awareness for First Responders, 2009
  • FBI, USF Center for Biological Defense & Florida Department of Health, Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Seminar, 2009
  • Florida Department of Health, First Responder Joint Training, 2009
  • Completion of a 26 month training program with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in firearms identification including 16 months of coursework in development, history, assembly and disassembly of firearms and ammunition along with comparative microscopy and 10 months of casework under the supervision of qualified firearms examiners, 2006-2008
  • FBI Gunpowder and Gunshot Residues School, 2008
  • Laboratory Tours (West Virginia State Police, FDLE Orlando, FDLE Jacksonville, FDLE Tampa), 2007, 2008
  • National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) training, 2007
  • Annual Shooters Hunters & Outdoor Trade Show (S.H.O.T. show), 2007
  • BATFE Serial Number Restoration Course, 2007
  • BATFE Integrated Ballistics Identification System Data Acquisition, 2007
  • Numerous firearms manufacturing tours (g., Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Sigarms, Remington, Beretta), 2007
  • S. Environmental Protection Agency, Hazardous Materials Incidents Response Operations, 2007

Professional associations and memberships

  • Member of the Association of Firearm and Tool mark Examiners (AFTE), 2013
  • Member of the International Association for Identification (IAI), 2013
  • Vendor with the Justice Administrative Commission (JAC) of Florida, 2013
  • Vendor on My Florida Marketplace, 2013

Honors and awards

  • FDLE/ASA Peter Magrino, Letter of Appreciation and Commendation, 2012
  • FDLE Crime Scene Section, Distinguished Team of the Year, 2010
  • FDLE, the Forensic Science Backlog Reduction Team, Reduced Forensic Science Casework Backlog, 2008