By CHERIL VERNON
Forensics expert Edward Hueske will speak on the events that led up to the shooting of 31 people at The University of Texas in Austin in 1966 and its ramifications in today’s gun violence discussions during a special program in March.
The program “The UT Tower Shootings: A Prelude to School Shootings in America” will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15 at Dogwood Trails Assisted Living in Palestine.
“The public is invited to attend what promises to be a very interesting program,” Dogwood Trails Assisted Living Activity Director Debbie Wesson said.
Hueske, a nationally recognized expert on the reconstruction of shooting incidents and the author of “Practical Analysis & Reconstruction of Shooting Incidents,” is a survivor of the UT Austin tower sniper shooting. In the shooting, 31 people were shot, 16 of them died.
Hueske also was principal lecturer and the criminalistics program coordinator at The University of North Texas in Denton. He taught criminalistics classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Hueske now serves as the Director of Forensic Training & Consulting, LLC, which contracts with law enforcement organizations to provide on-site training in specialized areas of investigation and forensic science. He also consults with police agencies on the prosecution and defense in criminal and civil matters.
Hueske has taught specialized forensic classes to numerous law enforcement agencies both domestically and abroad, including the FBI, DEA, Turkish National Police, Canadian Office of Special Investigations and New York Police Department.
Hueske has been involved in a number of high-profile cases including the James Byrd Jr. chain dragging case in Jasper, the Diana Zamore case (Naval Academy midshipman who with her Air Force Academy cadet boyfriend murdered a girl in Mansfield) and the Denise Huber homicide in Arizona (whose body was kept in a deep freezer for three years).
All law enforcement officers are encouraged to attend, as well as school officials.
For more information about the program, call Wesson at 903 373-8639.