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On January 24th, 2017

Humboldt County Jury Convicts Devin Schmidt of Arson Family pet died in intentionally-set house fire

EUREKA - On January 19, 2017, a Humboldt County jury convicted Devin Lee James Schmidt, 24, of arson, following a trial that included testimony by California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) and Association of Criminalists-DOJ (AC-DOJ) Member Lynn Melgoza.  Melgoza is criminalist supervisor at California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services. Schmidt started a […]

On January 24th, 2017

DOJ Criminalists’ Assistance in Shasta County Murder Investigation Leads to Suspect’s Arrest Suspect accused of setting fire to a gas station attendant

BURNEY- On January 19, 2017, Shasta County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Juan Manuel Venegas, 39, for the murder of David Wicks, a Johnson Park gas station attendant who died after being sprayed with a flammable liquid and set on fire. The arrest followed a month-long investigation which included pieces of evidence that were sent to the […]

On October 6th, 2016

DOJ Senior Criminalist Testifies in Preliminary Trial Involving UCSB Rape Case Suspect charged with the rape & beating of a fellow student ordered to stand trial

SANTA BARBARA- A man accused of raping and beating a fellow student at UC  Santa Barbara in February 2014, will face trial on charges of forcible rape, torture and great bodily injury.  The decision that there was enough evidence to try Daniel Chen, 21, was made by Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Pauline Maxwell on […]

On July 22nd, 2016

DOJ Criminalist Melanie Velasco Speaks at UCR's "Evenings with the Experts"

RIVERSIDE - Those interested in the role that crime labs, and those who work in them, play in solving crimes, finding suspects, and identifying  victims got a chance to hear from California Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminalist Melanie Velasco  on Thursday, July 20, 2016.  Velasco, a member of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) […]

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