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A beautiful young mother [Kim Ancona] viciously killed. Expert testimony condemned a man to death. But was he really guilty? I Didn’t Do It: Ray Krone, Apple 2012
He learnt that he was the only suspect. ibid.
Ray Krone was dubbed the Snaggle Toothed Killer. ibid.
Uncovered saliva, blood evidence that pointed to someone other than Ray being at the crime scene. ibid.
The DNA did not belong to Kim or to Ray. ibid.
Kenneth Phillips was charged with the rape and murder of Kim Ancona. ibid.
After his release Ray campaigned against the death penalty. ibid.
Ray Krone was walking a free man in the bright Arizona sun on the afternoon of Monday, April 8th. That was remarkable because that morning, as every morning for the previous 10-1/2 years, he’d awakened in a prison cell after being convicted twice of 36-year-old Kim Ancona’s brutal December 1991 murder in a Phoenix lounge.
Ray’s conviction in 1992 was primarily based on ‘expert’ testimony that his teeth matched bite marks on Ms Ancona’s breast and throat. After spending four years on Arizona’s death row, Ray’s conviction was thrown out by the Arizona Supreme Court. The reversal of his conviction was based on the prosecution’s concealment from Ray’s lawyers of a videotape about the bite mark evidence until just before the trial began. The Court did not rule on the issue in Ray’s appeal that the prosecution had also concealed exculpatory test results of a prosecution forensic odontologist that concluded Ray’s bite mark wasn’t consistent with those found on Ms Ancona.
Although DNA tests introduced at his second trial proved that blood found on Ms Ancona didn’t belong to either her or Ray, he was again convicted on the basis of ‘expert’ testimony linking his teeth to the bite marks on Ms Ancona. The prosecution had no other physical ‘evidence’ that it claimed linked Ray to Kim’s murder.
After his second conviction in 1996, Ray told The Arizona Republic he was innocent. ‘I was not there that night ... pretty much rules out any faith I have in truth and justice.’ The trial judge, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James McDougall, expressed doubt about the outcome of the trial when he wrote, ‘The court is left with a residual or lingering doubt about the clear identity of the killer.’ Judge McDougall also wrote after sentencing Ray to life in prison, ‘This is one of those cases that will haunt me for the rest of my life, wondering whether I have done the right thing.’ Justice Denied magazine article Hans Sherrer 2:9
My name is Ray Krone, and I am the 100th person in the United State to be sentenced to death and later exonerated. I spent 10 years behind bars in Arizona, including more than two years on death row, before DNA evidence proved my innocence. I thank you for the opportunity to speak here today.
My wrongful conviction is not a lone occurrence of injustice, but a representation of what has happened to many innocent people. Ray Krone, testimony before Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee