Two Mississippi men seemingly were wrongly convicted and jailed for abducting, raping, and murdering a 3-year-old girls, reports ABC News. Their attorneys want criminal charges against a controversial “bite mark” expert whose testimony helped convict them. Kennedy Brewer was convicted in the 1992 murder of Christine Jackson. Levon Brooks spent 18 years in jail after being convicted for a 1990 killing. In each case, forensic odontologist Dr. Michael West testified that abrasions on the victims’ bodies were bite marks – and told two juries that he conclusively matched the marks to Brewer and Brooks’ dental records. Capital murder charges against Brewer were dismissed by a judge last Friday, and Brooks’ conviction has been vacated.
West “deliberately fabricated evidence and conclusions which were not supported by the evidence, the data or the rules of science,” said Peter Neufeld, co-director of the Innocence Project, which examines questionable convictions and has won the exoneration of more than 200 inmates. “If you fabricate evidence in a capital murder case, where you know that if the person’s convicted they are going to be executed – as far as I’m concerned that’s the crime of attempted murder.” West told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, which first reported the story – he stands by his testimony.