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Oct 31, 2018

Following our second death penalty case, our expert today is Kerry Myers from the University of South Florida. Myers played a pivotal role in the Timothy McVeigh case and testified against him at trial. 

Kerry Myers teaches graduate classes on forensic accounting, which includes the topics of white collar crime, fraud, money laundering, and financial investigation, at USF's Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy in the Muma College of Business. He is also part of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity.

Prior to joining USF, Myers worked 25 years as both an attorney and an accountant with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was one of the original members of the Tampa Bay Bank Fraud Task Force and also served on the Tampa Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was also certified as a bomb technician with the FBI and worked the Oklahoma City Bombing, Centennial Park Bombing in Atlanta, and the TWA Flight 800 crash off of Long Island Sound. He testified against both Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols during their respective trials. His FBI terrorism financing and bombing investigations have taken him to Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, and Greece. Myers received the Federal Law Enforcement Officers' Association Annual Award for Bravery in 2008 for his work in Afghanistan with improvised explosive devices, and a Director's Award from then-FBI Director Louis Freeh for leading a national terrorism undercover operation.

Myers earned his Juris Doctorate, with distinction, from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Accounting, summa cum laude, from Central Missouri State University. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is licensed to practice law in Missouri, where he was a trial attorney and prosecutor for almost a decade before joining the FBI.

Tune in to PBS on November 20th to see his interview with PBS!