concluded that the bite marks on the breast did not match Ray Krone's.
...Dr. Skip Sperber
first heard of the Krone case in 1992, not long after Kim Ancona was murdered.
...By then, Dr. Sperber had some 30 years of experience under his belt, was already one of the nation's experts in forensic dentistry, and was chief forensic dentist for San Diego and Imperial counties in California, a position he still holds.
He'd already testified in hundreds of cases - usually on the side of the prosecution.
Young Dr. John Piakis of Phoenix saw him as his
mentor, and now turned to him for a seasoned opinion about the Krone case.
When Dr. Sperber
saw the bite-mark evidence, he
didn't mince words: Krone's teeth and the bite on the body don't match.
They were shocked to discover this evidence wasn't news to Dr. Sperber
- that's how they learned the prosecution had hidden Dr. Sperber's
opinion in the first trial.
When they showed him the computer model and video tape that Dr. Rawson had used to convince a jury of Krone's guilt, Sperber
couldn't believe it.
and Dr. Vale were so disturbed by Dr. Rawson's interpretation, they arranged a meeting with him when the men were all at a professional conference.
"We told him, 'Ray, it's not even close,'" Dr. Sperber
"Before the second trial, the D.A. came to San Diego
to talk to us," Dr. Sperber
says, using the generic "district attorney" label for Levy.
says the biggest shock of all was to find that the Maricopa County Attor-ney's
office was going to retry Ray Krone for the murder of Kim Ancona, and once again would seek the death penalty.
"This is so ridiculous," Dr. Sperber
"That's foolish," Dr. Sperber
says in exacerbation.
also blanches at the $50,000 fee Dr. Rawson collected for the Krone case.
is left with some troubling questions.
"I can't give any whys," he