Stephanie Barnhouse Walcott

Stephanie Barnhouse Walcott

Job title: Instructor
Affiliation: Department of Forensic Science

Walcott has experience as a firearm and toolmark examiner in the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Central Laboratory, as well as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory.

Stephanie Walcott earned a bachelor's in chemistry from Mary Washington College and received her master’s degree in criminal justice, specializing in forensic science, from VCU.

Before joining VCU as an instructor, Walcott worked as a firearm and toolmark examiner in both the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Central Laboratory, as well as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory located in Raleigh. With just under 15 years of experience as a qualified expert in firearm/toolmark examination, Walcott has examined evidence in cases involving firearm-related crimes, such as homicides, assaults and police-involved shootings, as well as other toolmark-related crimes, including violent and property-related crimes involving the examination of toolmarks left by knives, bolt cutter, screwdrivers, etc. She has crime scene experience in trajectory analysis and evidence recovery, as well as consultations with medical examiners in cases involving firearm-related injuries. Walcott has testified as a court-qualified expert in multiple jurisdictions in both Virginia and North Carolina court systems, and has served as an instructor for the Virginia Forensic Academy and an adjunct instructor for the VCU Forensic Science graduate program in the area of firearm and toolmark identification.

Walcott is a current member of the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE).

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