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A decide has granted a convicted killer’s request that further DNA testing be carried out on proof related to the homicide of a 12-year-old Maine woman in 1988.
Justice Bruce Mallonee granted a movement Friday for additional DNA testing requested by attorneys for Dennis Dechaine.
His attorneys argued that the courtroom ought to enable the testing due to new expertise.
Dechaine is serving a life sentence for the homicide and sexual assault of Sarah Cherry.
Cherry was kidnapped from a house in Bowdoin whereas she was babysitting in 1988.
Her physique was discovered days later within the woods. An post-mortem dominated she was sexually assaulted, stabbed and strangled.
Dechaine has all the time maintained his innocence.
In 2015, the state supreme courtroom denied Dechaine’s request for a brand new trial, concluding that new DNA proof wouldn’t have modified the end result of the unique trial.
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