T. Paulette Sutton, MS, MT (ASCP), CLS

Paulette Sutton is the Assistant Director of Forensic Services at the Regional Forensic Center in Memphis, Tennessee.  Academic appointments at the University of Tennessee Memphis include: Associate Professor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Instructor in the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing.  She has been a practicing forensic scientist for the Division of Forensic Pathology at UT Memphis since 1977 and specializes in bloodstain pattern analysis and crime scene reconstruction.

Her career in bloodstain pattern analysis began in 1983 as a student of Professor Herbert MacDonell—widely recognized as the Father of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in the United States.  In 1998, Professor MacDonell and the Institute on the Physical Significance of Human Bloodstain Evidence certified Ms. Sutton as a Competent Forensic Expert in Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation.  She is the third individual to be so recognized by the Institute with only five certificates having been issued worldwide.    

Paulette Sutton also serves on the faculty of the National College of District Attorneys; National Science Foundation; University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute; National Forensic Academy; Northwestern University School of Law and the University of North Texas.   She is a member of the FBI Laboratory’s Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (SWGSTAIN); the Forensic Science Editorial Review board for CRC Press, and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts.  Honors include the Lecturer of Merit Award and Distinguished Faculty Award from the National College of District Attorney and the Outstanding Service Award from the FBI.

In addition to teaching, Paulette has served as a consultant to pathologists, attorneys, and investigators from eighteen states, as well as the federal government.  As a result of these consultations, she has been qualified as an expert in the fields of forensic serology, bloodstain pattern analysis, and crime scene reconstruction in a number of states and federal courts.  Cases have included civil and criminal trials; and expert testimony has been provided for both the prosecution and for the defense.

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