Unusual Three-Dimensional Bite Mark Evidence in a Homicide Case

    Volume 21, Issue 3 (July 1976)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 July 1976

    Page Count: 11


    Vale, GL
    Chief, County of Los Angeles, Calif.

    Felando, GN
    Practitioner of dentistry, Reserve Forces Bureau, Torrance, Calif.

    Sognnaes, RF
    Professor of oral biology and anatomy, Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.

    Noguchi, TT
    Chief medical examiner-coroner, County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.

    (Received 8 September 1975; accepted 29 September 1975)

    Abstract

    Under favorable circumstances, bite mark evidence may provide important information about the perpetrator of a crime, as reviewed in several textbooks [1–4] and articles [5–7]. In the case reported here, the remarkable depth and clarity of the bite marks, coupled with the distinctive nature of the suspect's teeth, played a significant role in the defendant's conviction in the strangulation death of a sexually molested woman. This is believed to be the first case in California in which bite mark evidence played a major role in the investigation and subsequent trial.


    Paper ID: JFS10538J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10538J

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