Trial and Error

The Outcry for Justice in the Dennis Dechaine Case

Could a notorious serial killer have murdered Sarah Cherry?

Dennis Dechaine was convicted in the horrific 1988 slaying of the 12-year-old Bowdoin girl but has been granted a chance to test evidence with modern DNA techniques. Some believe the profile of the late Richard Evonitz might emerge.

By Colin Woodard, Staff Writer | Portland Press Herald | August 7, 2022

BOWDOIN — Thirty-four years ago this summer, 12-year-old Sarah Cherry was abducted in broad daylight from a home where she was babysitting. Her body was found two days later mostly hidden under leaves and brush in the woods about 3 miles away. She had been tortured with a knife, sexually assaulted with sticks and strangled to death.

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