Gift of Exoneration: Ron Dalton

February 11, 2016
Hosted by Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

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Ron Dalton was convicted of murdering his wife, Brenda, who died in 1988. Instead, an inexperienced student doctor contributed to her death. Compounding the error of the student doctor, an inexperienced pathologist ruled the death a homicide by strangulation, even though Brenda choked on dry cereal. Dalton was arrested, charged and convicted of second-degree murder. After being sentenced to life in prison, and being incarcerated in a maximum security prison, he spent the following eight years fighting for his innocence. Finally, he was granted a new trial and second jury found him not guilty. Tune I to hear Ron Dalton describe his harrowing journey beginning with is wife’s accidental death to being convicted of murder to being exonerated.

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Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

Francie Koehler’s career as a licensed private investigator includes cases that have sparked media projects. "Unsolved Mysteries" portrayed one of her missing person cases. British author Val McDermid featured her capital case in "A Suitable Job for A Woman" and true crime writer Ann Rule chronicled a case she investigated involving a missing nightclub owner entitled "In The Name Of Love." Francie drew on her investigative and retail experience to create the 3-part video, "Loss Prevention - The Big Picture." International results included an invitation to Moscow, where she spoke to Russian nationals interested in privatization. Francie is the former two-term president of both the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) and the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). Awarded by each organization for her work, she serves as Legislative Chair for both and regularly testifies before the California State Legislature regarding bills of concern to PI’s. Francie has been recognized by her state regulatory agency for outstanding service to her profession. In addition, she holds memberships in the Council for International Investigators, National Association of Legal Investigators, World Association of Detectives, and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Francie also works with the Innocence Project and holds certifications as a Conflict Mediator, Legal Investigator, Professional Investigator and Criminal Defense Investigator.

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