Saturday, November 9, 2013

Ray Krone: Bite mark case featured in "The Republic's" extraordinary series of articles on prosecutorial misconduct in Arizona by reporter Michael Kiefer;

STORY: "Prosecutorial misconduct alleged in half of criminal cases," by reporter Michael Kiefer, published by the Republic on  000.

GIST: "In  1992, (Prosecutor) Levy helped send Krone to death row for a murder he did not commit. Krone’s conviction and death sentence were thrown out three years later because the court had allowed Levy to present a videotape about matching bite marks into evidence that the defense had not had time to review.  Krone was dubbed the “Snaggletooth Killer” because of his twisted front teeth, and Levy found experts who said that those teeth matched bites on the victim’s breast and neck. “The State’s discovery violation related to critical evidence in the case against the accused,” the Arizona Supreme Court ruled when it tossed the case. “Discovery” refers to evidence that the opposing attorneys are supposed to make available to the other side before trial. At retrial, Levy got another first-degree murder conviction for Krone, though at the second trial Krone was sentenced to life in prison, where he spent another seven years. In 2002, Krone was exonerated by a true DNA match; another man was convicted of the murder. “It never came out that one expert said it (the bite mark) wasn’t a match,” Krone told The Republic. There were footprints that didn’t match, DNA that was sketchy. And, as Krone said, other evidence was disregarded: an eyewitness account about a man seen near the crime scene who turned out to be the real killer, for example. Krone sued Maricopa County and the city of Phoenix for his conviction and settled for more than $4 million."

The entire story can be found at:

The remaining three parts of the Arizona Republic  series can be found at:

Grits For Breakfast on the Arizona Republic series: "In Arizona, "Since 1990, six different prosecutors who were named prosecutor of the year by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Committee also were later found by appeals courts to have engaged in misconduct or inappropriate behavior during death-penalty trials," the Arizona Republic found in an extensive investigative series on prosecutor misconduct. The Arizona Supreme Court found prosecutor misconduct in more than one-fifth of all capital cases (18 out of 82) in the state since 2002, reported the paper, though the prosecutors involved were rarely sanctioned. Anyone interested in the subject should read the whole series: Excellent reporting on a difficult-to-research topic."


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