Bite Expert Testifies In Baby Exorcism Murder Trial
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Tuesday May 11, 2010
Milam and the child’s mother, Jessica Carson, are accused of beating the child to death on Dec. 2, 2008 in Rusk County. Officials have said the couple took part in strangling her, biting her and sexually abusing her in the name of an exorcism to drive demons out of the toddler.
Robert Williams, a forensic odontologist and Dallas area dentist who works closely with doctors at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas on autopsies, said out of the 20 plus bite marks he examined on the child’s body, Milam could not be excluded as the person who caused those wounds.
Williams testified his area of expertise has been used to identify serial killers, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and Branch Davidian victims when other methods failed.
Using a mold of Milam’s, Ms. Carson’s and Milam’s brother, Danny’s, teeth and the autopsy photos, Williams compared the molds to the bite marks. Danny Milam was excluded as being the one who caused any of the wounds and Ms. Carson was excluded from all but a partial bite under her daughter’s chin.
Outside the presence of the jury, Ms. Carson was led into the courtroom mid-morning to answer a subpoena requesting her to testify. However, Ms. Carson invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate herself.
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