Mark Gillespie is President of Gillespie Security and Investigations located in Austin, Texas. With 34 years of investigative and forensic science experience and a master’s degree in forensic science from George Washington University, Mark combines extensive first-hand field experience with cutting-edge forensic technical expertise. Mark specializes in criminal defense, missing persons case, forensic and personal safety and security consultations. He spent a career as a special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) where he commanded OSI investigative units in the U.S. and overseas. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Mark became the Director of Forensic Science for the Austin (Texas) Police Department (APD) where he was responsible for directing and managing the department’s Forensic Science Division. Mark has the distinction of introducing forensic science to St. Edwards University (SEU) (Austin, Texas) in 2002 which led to the creation of their forensic science undergraduate degree program. Mark served on the SEU faculty where he was an Instructor of Forensic Science, crime scene investigation and criminal investigation. In 2016 Mark created the Texas Institute of Investigation (TII) offering PI training and continuing education.
Mark is a past board member and president of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI) and he currently serves at TALI’s School Director. Mark is the Secretary for the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS). He also co-founded and is Chairman of the Board for the National Association for Missing and Exploited Children (NAMEC).
Mark is licensed in Texas, Alabama and Louisiana and is a member of TALI, FALI, CALI, FAPI, LPIA, NCISS, NAIS, INTELLENET, NALI, WAD, and ASSIST.
Junk Science? What PIs and Criminal Defense Attorneys Need to Know About Forensic Science
A Private Investigator’s Guide to Understanding Forensic Science
Since OJ, forensic science has gained widespread popularity in large part due to countless TV crime dramas and documentaries. Fans are intrigued by its capabilities, uses and impact on seeking the truth and justice and believe what they see on the big screen without knowing anything about the science. Unfortunately, many Private Investigators and defense attorneys fall into this category. Other than their “Hollywood CSI” education, few know anything about the forensic disciplines and how a state-of-the-art forensic crime laboratory is managed, operated, organized and staffed.
Today, we face a national dilemma regarding the use of forensics in our justice system. To compound the problem, most attorneys and PIs are intimidated by the “science” and accept the science and related testimony because they do not “understand” the science. Too often, lawyers are unwilling to attack forensic evidence and fear anything with the name ‘science’ attached to it.
Mark will go through each forensic discipline and present ways your defense team can attack the science and the scientist to ensure justice is applied appropriately.