This is the 25th conviction or incarceration aided by dental bitemark experts that has been overturned or dismissed in the US. How many more are there? The bitemark organization, the ABFO, is deaf and dumb and lying to the State of Texas.
A judge on Thursday heard testimony overturned a woman’s murder conviction and prison sentence after a bite mark expert who testified against her at trial said he now believes his findings were “junk science.”
Fayette County Judge John Wagner ruled in the case of 38-year-old Crystal Dawn Weimer, of Connellsville, after a brief hearing about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh. Weimer has repeatedly insisted she’s innocent in the 2001 beating death of 21-year-old Curtis Haith.
She was convicted of third-degree murder in 2006 and sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison. A man imprisoned in the case had testified that Weimer helped lure Haith to the scene. A dental expert, Dr. Constantine Karazulas, testified that a bite on the victim’s hand matched Weimer.
But the witness who placed Weimer at the scene has since recanted, and the dentist changed his mind, too.
Now its up to the DA to decide whether to retry Weimer.
Also read about these court approved experts are not being overly cooperative with Texas’s Forensic Science Commission active investigation of this debunked and unreliable comparison method. Some of its remaining practitioners were making excuses to the Commission last month.