Trial and Error

The Outcry for Justice in the Dennis Dechaine Case

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Court TV Investigates

THE WRONG MAN: Lost in the Woods

In 2006, Court TV (now TruTV) conducted its own investigation of the Dennis Dechaine case aired as Wrong Man: Lost in the Woods. As part of the investigation, Court TV investigators interviewed Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Reed, who said on camera that Dennis Dechaine told him that he had urinated in a driveway of a house matching the description of the home from which the murder victim was abducted. Reed’s statement to Court TV was not consistent with his testimony at the trial, in which he stated that Dechaine said that he had urinated in the woods, with no mention of any house. Reed also said on camera that there were small hand prints on the back of Dechaine’s shirt. Actually, the prints were made by an adult-sized hand and most likely resulted from Dechaine slapping at insects.

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Video Interviews with Dennis

Since his incarceration in Maine State Prison in 1988, Dennis Dechaine has been interviewed by the media many times. Some of those interviews were videotaped. In 2004, he talked with independent  filmmaker Richard Searls about his upbringing in Madawaska, his family, marriage, arrest, conviction and life in prison. In 2010, he was interviewed by Trevor Maxwell, then a reporter for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. Clicking on the link to Maxwell’s interview will also take you to a comprehensive series of articles he wrote about the case for the papers.

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