Interview with bitemark expert on his testimony in a 1986 conviction case approaching recantation?

Science marches on. So do opinions of forensic experts. In this case, the original trial transcripts are asserted to be proof of now debunked bitemark identifications being used to aid a murder and rape conviction from decades ago. One dentist of two bitemark dentists is now swimming upstream against what he said 30 years ago at trial.

Notably, he stands by his work and offers an explanation.  Here’s his quote:

“Shown his testimony, Kagey said some could interpret that he was excluding all others as the biter.”

“But that would not be my interpretation,” he said. “I could never say that this person did it, to the exclusion of everyone else.”

The Innocence Project along with co-counsel pro bono defense firms have been successful in over 24 cases involving similar prosecutorial use of matching bitemark bruising to a specific person.


About csidds

Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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