A Blair County judge has decided that bite mark evidence can be included in an upcoming murder retrial for Paul Aaron Ross, as long as the testimony reflects guidelines published by the American Board of Forensic Odontologists.
In a ruling signed Wednesday, Judge Jolene G. Kopriva declined to order a Frye hearing, named after a landmark ruling, where scientists, forensic dentists and other experts can weigh in on the validity of “novel scientific evidence” for use in a trial.
“The unique aspect of this case is that challenges are being brought to an existing scientific field, not a novel methodology,” Kopriva said.
That distinction clears the way for District Attorney Richard Consiglio to include testimony at the retrial about the bite mark on the body of 26-year-old Tina S. Miller. The Hollidaysburg woman was found dead on June 26, 2004, at Canoe Creek State Park, about a third of a mile from Ross’ Beaver Valley Home.