Recent Cases on Forensic Anthropology

Ibar v. State, No. SC12-2619, No. SC12-522, SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA, 2016 Fla. LEXIS 236; 41 Fla. L. Weekly S 30, February 4, 2016, Decided,  NOT FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE REHEARING MOTION, AND IF FILED, DETERMINED.

In February 2016, Pablo Ibar filed for a direct appeal of murder in the first degree. In 1994 Pablo Ibar and Seth Penalver were charged with three counts of murder, burglary, robbery, and attempted robbery. After a hung jury with them being tried together, they were tried separately and both convicted and sentenced to death.

Due to the lack of physical evidence connecting Ibar to the murders, an appeal was filed. Given the State’s case was built on a “grainy video” Penalver was acquitted and released. Penalver used a forensic anthropologist to support that he was not the subject represented in the videotape. After two trials, Ibar’s conviction was reversed and will be working to be acquitted.

Forensic Summary by Emma-Rae Ranger


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