Trial and Error

The Outcry for Justice in the Dennis Dechaine Case

Convicted killer seeking new trial is hospitalized

Apr 7, 2010

Bangor Daily News
Dechaine treated for undisclosed illness
By The Associated Press

trial and errorASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO Convicted murderer Dennis Dechaine stands by a window in a conference room at the Maine State Prison in Warren, Maine, April 6, 2005. Dechaine was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness.

WARREN, Maine — The Maine State Prison inmate who’s seeking a new trial for the 1988 kidnapping and killing of a 12-year-old girl has been hospitalized for an undisclosed illness.

Corrections officials say 52-year-old Dennis Dechaine was removed from the prison on Monday. She declined to discuss his medical condition.

Bill Moore, a private investigator who’s part of Dechaine’s legal team, tells the Portland Press Herald that Dechaine had problems with heart rate and blood pressure.

Dechaine, a former Bowdoinham farmer, is serving a life sentence for the murder and rape of Sarah Cherry. Dechaine maintains his innocence and is pressing for a new trial based on DNA evidence.

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