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Marguerite Rizzo

Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office

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Marguerite Rizzo

Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office

Marguerite Rizzo is currently assigned as the Deputy-In-Charge of the Forensic Science Section at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  Rizzo has been a Deputy District Attorney since 1999 and has been assigned to a number of units within the office, including two special trial units, the Family Violence Division and the Elder Abuse section.

 

Before joining the District Attorney’s Office, Rizzo spent approximately 10 years working in the fields of microbiology and molecular biology.  Rizzo received a B.S. in medical laboratory science from Northeastern University and an M.A. in microbiology from Boston University.  Rizzo was a clinical microbiologist at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston and a research scientist at Schering-Plough Corporation in New Jersey.  After relocating to California, Rizzo became a research scientist at Stanford University in the Department of Developmental Biology.  After moving south to Los Angeles, Rizzo continued her research at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry until her second year of law school.

 

Rizzo co-prosecuted the capital case of serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr., aka “the Grim Sleeper.”  Franklin’s case was the first successful use in California of “Familial Searching” of a DNA database to identify a criminal suspect.

 

In her role as DIC of the Forensic Science Section at the District Attorney’s Office, Rizzo acts a forensic science liaison with law enforcement agencies throughout the county as well as the crime laboratories.  Rizzo frequently conducts office wide training related to DNA and other forensic science disciplines.  Rizzo is an associate member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  Additionally, Rizzo is a member of local, state and national Forensic Science committees which address topical issues related to the changing landscape of forensic science.