crim·​i·​nal·​ist | \ ˈkri-mə-nə-list How to pronounce criminalist (audio) \

Definition of criminalist

: a specialist in criminalistics

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The defense attorneys also went lightly on Los Angeles police criminalist DeWayne Wolfer, who oversaw the crime-scene investigation. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Did L.A. police and prosecutors bungle the Bobby Kennedy assassination probe?," 5 June 2018 In the weeks after the murder, Tahnee Nelson Mehmet, a criminalist at the county crime lab, ran dozens of tests on the evidence collected from the Kumra mansion. Katie Worth, WIRED, "Framed for Murder By His Own DNA," 19 Apr. 2018 Over the next 24 hours, detectives, criminalists and evidence technicians swarmed the sprawling 1908 mansion on Ocean Boulevard built by millionaire businessman John Spreckels. Pauline Repard,, "Questions, theories, opinions abound after Zahau wrongful death verdict," 8 Apr. 2018 Some sections read like raw, unfiltered research: one mesmerizing chapter consists entirely of a transcript from Ms. McNamara’s interview with Paul Holes, a criminalist in the Contra Costa sheriff’s office. Alexandra Alter, New York Times, "Hunting — and Haunted by — a Serial Killer," 15 Feb. 2018 During the great snowstorm of early 2017, a Portland Police criminalist snapped a picture of a flock gathered next to headquarters. Kale Williams,, "Latest weapon in Portland's war on bird poop: more birds," 7 Feb. 2018 Today, a team of dedicated investigators and criminalists from northern and southern California are working together to track down the elusive killer. Christine Pelisek,, "Inside the Hunt for the Golden State Serial Killer Who Killed 12 and Raped 45 in California," 25 Oct. 2017 On Tuesday, Santa Clara County criminalist Melissa Dupee testified about collection of the hair evidence. Tracey Kaplan, The Mercury News, "Sierra LaMar: Trial takes a break for sick juror during key evidence testimony," 28 Feb. 2017 Contract criminalist, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, recovering and identifying small skeletal fragments from ground zero of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Fred Swegles, Orange County Register, "From Ground Zero to England, forensics is his gig," 1 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of criminalist

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for criminalist

criminal entry 1 + -ist entry 1

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crim·​i·​nal·​ist | \ ˈkri-mə-nə-list How to pronounce criminalist (audio) \

Legal Definition of criminalist

: one who practices criminalistics as a profession

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