Notable Cases

Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial

Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder in the death of Odin Lloyd of Boston, MA. Lloyd’s body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in June 2013. Evidence seized as part of the investigation was a Blackberry Bold cellular telephone. Being relatively new to the market, conventional examination techniques were not able to access information on the device. The device was subsequently sent to Dixie State University’s Digital Forensic Crime Lab where a thorough investigation was conducted on the phone and the results of the examination were presented to the police investigating the crime.

David Heisler – Kidnapping/Murder

David Heisler, age 30, was kidnapped from his home in Santa Clara, Utah on June 27, 2016. Approximately 7 weeks later his body was found in Mohave County, Arizona by a Bureau of Land Management geologist. The badly decomposed body was discovered approximately 4 miles from the location Heisler was reportedly left alive by one of his alleged abductors. Medical examiners were unable to determine the cause of death. Authorities searched the area, locating numerous items, including an electronic device. The device was brought to Dixie State University’s Digital Forensic Crime Lab for examination. Results of the examination were presented to the investigative authorities, where additional charges were brought against the three individuals allegedly involved in the abduction, to include first-degree felony murder charges.


Mark Spooner, MSc



Phone: 435-879-4440

Office: University Plaza D, 203A

Joan Runs Through

Assistant Director/Lab Examiner


Phone: 435-879-4420

Office: University Plaza D, 202

Kristi Jones

Administrative Assistant


Phone: 435-879-4428

Office: University Plaza D, 103