Trial and Error

The Outcry for Justice in the Dennis Dechaine Case

Bill would give Dechaine a shot at new murder trial

Mar 21, 2011

A Maine lawmaker is proposing a bill that could give Dennis Dechaine a chance for a new trial in his bid to overturn his murder conviction nearly 22 years ago.

Rep. John Martin of Eagle Lake says the bill crafted on Dechaine’s behalf would require the state to consider DNA evidence collected after Dechaine was convicted of the 1988 murder of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry in Bowdoin. Dechaine, who is serving a life sentence, hasn’t wavered in maintaining his innocence.

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