Bite mark leads to charge in old homicide

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Authorities in Tulsa say bite marks on a man's cheeks has provided the evidence needed for a murder charge in a nearly year-old stabbing.

Prosecutors filed a first-degree murder charge Tuesday against 27-year-old David Lee Benson in the June 2008 stabbing death of 44-year-old Mark Grace.

Benson is not in custody and police are searching for him.

Police say Grace was attacked and stabbed after breaking up a fight between a friend and another man and that the friend had bitten the man on both sides of his face.

A forensic odentologist compared impressions of the teeth of Grace's friend with the bite pattern seen in pictures of scars on Benson's face and determined they are consistent.


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