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November 2014 Archives

Experts Are Not Always Expert- Ray Krone

A common mistake often made in criminal cases is the blind acceptance of a witness as an expert. This is no more evident than in the case of Ray Krone. Ray was convicted and sentenced to die based upon the testimony of a dentist whose opinion was rooted in the faulty and inexact method of bite mark to teeth comparisons. Further, the dentist's findings were later shown to be incorrect by DNA. How could this happen, how could the dentist be allowed to testify at trial? Ray Krone, like many others, was not only a victim of poor police work and junk science, but also of timing.

When Experts Get it Wrong - The Ray Krone Story

One ordinary night in 1991 a young barmaid, Kim Ancona, was sexually assaulted and brutally murdered after closing time at a local lounge in Phoenix, Arizona. There was little physical evidence, no witnesses, no murder weapon found and no apparent motive. The only distinctive evidence in the case was a bite mark found on Kim's body. Ray Krone was an average citizen, a retired Air Force veteran and a postal worker who loved to play darts at the local bar where Kim Ancona worked. Other than his being a patron of the bar, the only other connection between the two was that Ray had given her a ride home a few weeks past.

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