Ray Krone (pictured above at an innocence/forensic science reform seminar) spent 10 years in AZ prison. Part of it on death row. Then a retrial that gave him a life sentence. Dr Ray Rawson, once a notable bitemark prophet, received $50,000 to use a video camera in two separate trials to identify Krone as the killer of Kim Acona. Some say he reluctantly testified at the second trial. DNA later obtained by his defense team was used to identify the real killer. He wasn’t hard to find, as he was in the same arizona prison as Krone who later received a $2 million settlement from Maricopa County.
Bitemark believers still think bruises on skin can identify killers and rapists and child abusers. They deny that the 26 cases of bitemark misidentification indicates that bitemark analysis is a flawed methodology with no scientific support. Its merely “rogues” that caused the wrongful convictions. One of those rogues is currently on the ABFO bitemark committee making up new terminology as a substitute for the empirical science which they lack. Its current president recently has promised new research is in the offing. You can be sure using a Thesaurus to spin more verbiage about bitemark opinions aint research.
The Texas Forensic Science Commission is continuing to hear bitemarkers’ supplications that they will soon “fix” the problem and deserve to continue to testify in the US court system. They promise a glorious resurrection from their past “mistakes.” The bite people are facing a moratorium on their activities. One of their upcoming pro bitemark speakers has a wrongful conviction of his own to admit to. I doubt anyone in the ABFO would call him a rogue. He’s a past president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
In my opinion, this small forensic bitemark clique is a danger to public safety and should be de-qualified from testifying.
Use DNA instead. Its been around for 25 years and has been amply verified by countless universities and governmental agencies around the world.
Thanks to the Wrongful Conviction Blog.