Richard Walton is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology at USU-College of Eastern Utah. Dr. Walton spent more than 33 years in California law enforcement, focusing on criminal investigation in violent crime, white collar crime, major fraud and elder abuse. During this time he garnered a strong interest in wrongful convictions, and obtained a governor's innocence pardon for a Native American wrongfully convicted more than 70 years before. He earned his Ed.D at the University of San Francisco in 2005, conducting research and writing his dissertation on identification of solvability factors in cold case homicide investigation. This work, as well as his textbook "Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques” [CRC Press, 2006] are firsts in their respective fields. Dr. Walton is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a member of the International Association for Identification and the Vidocq Society, a national organization that assists law enforcement-pro bono-solve unsolved homicides. He has published and lectured for numerous venues, including the FBI National Academy.