Mailing Address:
Berry-Waltz Investigations LLC
625 Bakers Bridge Avenue #105
Franklin, TN 37067

​​​​ Criminal  Defense Investigation, Mitigation/Sentencing Investigation, Fact Investigation, Case Analysis, and Background Investigation in greater Nashville area and throughout Kentucky and tennessee




​​When requested to investigate a criminal case, we consult with the attorney who represents the client to determine how our services will best benefit the client’s defense. If needed, we can offer a complete case analysis and investigation. This includes the following:

  • Reviewing of documents, recordings, reports, and any other material provided by the State in discovery.

  • Identifying any missing discovery.
  • Conducting background checks of any party involved in the case. For example, if there is a witness that needs to be impeached a background check could be beneficial to this process.
  • Conducting media review; this is not limited to what has been covered on the evening news or newspapers. This service extends to the many social media sites as well. Facebook and Twitter are a valuable tool these days.
  • Meeting and interviewing clients.
  • Locating and interviewing witnesses.
  • Investigating of facts provided by client’s and/or witnesses.
  • Developing additional parties, such as witnesses, of whom the State may or may not be aware.
  • Producing work product, such as reports, timelines, witness lists, case synopsis, forensic analysis, photograph analysis, exhibit preparation (including PowerPoint), audio and video recording review.
  • Conducting complete and thorough mitigation investigations in cases in which the death penalty has been noticed as well as sentencing issues for any other criminal case.
  • Working with the attorney to determine whether or not additional experts are needed to help with the defense of the client, and coordinating efforts with these experts.
  • Providing assistance to the attorney as she/he prepares for trial.​ 
  • We understand that no two cases are the same. In some cases, the attorney may determine that all of the above mentioned tasks are not necessary for the defense of the client. In that case, we will perform only the specific tasks directed by the attorney.

​BERRY-WALTZ INVESTIGATIONS LLC is licensed in the State of Tennessee and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Rick Berry has been a licensed private investigator in Tennessee and Kentucky since January of 2005. Rick is a graduate of Colorado State University – Pueblo with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and was a Homicide Detective with the Dallas Police Department. 

Chrystal Waltz has been a licensed private investigator in Tennessee and Kentucky since October of 2006. Chrystal is Chief Operating Officer and supervises the Investigation Department at Berry-Waltz Investigations. She has built a reputation throughout Tennessee and Kentucky for her expert investigations and case analysis. 

Stephanie Alexander has been a licensed private investigator in Tennessee since August of 2011 and is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University in Criminal Justice. Stephanie has an uncanny ability to obtain information that others cannot. 

Tammy Kennedy attended Belmont University and worked with the Tennessee Post Conviction Defenders Office from August of 1996 to August of 2012. She then worked in private practice as a Mitigation Specialist prior to joining Berry-Waltz Investigations in January of 2015. Tammy’s investigations have helped make the difference in saving the life of people facing a death penalty charge. 

Jennifer Greer is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana - New Orleans with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. Jennifer worked for six years as a Case Manager for the State of Tennessee Department of Children Services. Prior to this, Jennifer worked as Psychiatric Technician for the State of Tennessee.

Betsy Moon is a graduate of Belmont University where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, and Middle Tennessee State University where she received a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. Betsy has worked for the Tennessee Department of Children Services, Davidson County Juvenile Court and created the H.E.E.L. Program at the Davidson County Sheriff's Office.