Richard R. Souviron, DDS, ABFO is an
Associate Medical Examiner and Chief Forensic Dentist for Miami Dade County,
Florida. He has served in this capacity of associate medical examiner for
over 35 years. His responsibility to the citizens include the determination
and gathering of dental evidence to assist Law Enforcement Agencies, making
positive identifications of deceased, identifying and documenting bite mark
evidence and testifying as an expert witness for both the prosecution and
defense (State Attorney and Public Defender Office).
Dr. Souviron has been involved in many high profile criminal cases
serving for both prosecution and defense. He served as the states expert
witness in the case of Florida vs. Ted Bundy and a defense expert in State
of Oklahoma vs. Willhoit and State of Louisiana vs. Keko. He also reviewed
and was prepared to testify on behalf of the defense in the Marv Albert case
and reviewed alleged bite mark evidence in the O.J. Simpson case.
Dr. Souviron reviews and provides dental identification opinions both by
means of dental records and by smiling photographs in over a 100 cases a
year. His techniques in matching a decedents anterior teeth with an ante-mortem
family smiling photograph set national standards in 1980 in the State of
Alabama vs. Glenn and Sue Dolvin. He has provided dental identification
expertise to the Dade County Medical
Examiner's Office in mass disasters
including Eastern Airlines flight 401, Valujet flight 592, and Fine Air
Flight 101. He has had occasion to testify in court on behalf of the
State in identification cases involving extremely complicated and difficult
dental IDís such as the identification of Jimmy Ryce.
Dr. Souviron has expertise in utilizing specialized photographic and
radiological techniques for identification and bite mark evaluations. His
expertise with digitally enhanced radiographs, photographs and impressions
is used routinely in assessing bite mark evidence. He was the first to
develop the technique for lifting a bite print and has lectured and
published on this subject.