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ON SABOTAGING JUSTICE

MOUNT  MIRAGE

By James P. Moore

[Retired Federal agent: ATF, Organized Crime & Racketeering Strike Force, INTERPOL. Note: As an old cop, I entered this case to prove to the defendant’s supporters that he was guilty and the law had done its job.]

 

EXAMINE THE EVIDENCE, BE A JURY, REACH YOUR VERDICT BASED ON  EVIDENCE, BUT YOU’LL HAVE FACTS JURORS IN THIS CASE NEVER HEARD.

       Between noon and 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 1988, twelve-year-old Sarah Cherry was abducted from the Henkel house in Bowdoin, Maine where she was babysitting. On Friday, July 8th, her vandalized body was found in a woods, three miles away. read more

DNA experts testify as Dennis Dechaine seeks new murder trial

From the Kennebec Journal A judge must decide if the Maine man convicted of murdering 12-year-old Sarah Cherry in 1988 gets a new trial. The legal fate of Dennis Dechaine now rests, as it has for 25 years, in the hands of Superior Court Justice Carl Bradford. Bradford, 80, retired in 1998 but is still an active judge and is called upon to preside over certain cases, including that of Dechaine, whom... read more

Prosecutor challenges Dennis Dechaine position that DNA supports alternate suspect in 1988 murder

From the Bangor Daily News PORTLAND, Maine — A two-day hearing about new DNA analysis from the 1988 murder of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry concluded Friday amid witness arguments that the evidence isn’t compelling enough to trigger a new trial. Even Dennis Dechaine, who is serving a life sentence for the crime, said Friday that he won’t be surprised if Justice Carl O. Bradford rules against him. “I... read more

DNA experts testify as Dennis Dechaine seeks new murder trial

From the Portland Press-Herald A judge must decide if the Maine man convicted of murdering 12-year-old Sarah Cherry in 1988 gets a new trial. The legal fate of Dennis Dechaine now rests, as it has for 25 years, in the hands of Superior Court Justice Carl Bradford. Bradford, 80, retired in 1998 but is still an active judge and is called upon to preside over certain cases, including that of Dechaine, whom... read more

More DNA testing approved in Sarah Cherry murder case as Dechaine seeks new trial

By Jenna Beaulieu Staff Writer Fiddlehead Focus October 30th 2012 08:51pm AUGUSTA, Maine — More DNA testing in convicted murderer Dennis Dechaine’s bid for a new trial was approved Thursday by the State Attorney General’s Office and a superior court justice who has presided over the case for 23 years. Steven Peterson, Dechaine’s defense attorney, said Friday that Superior Court Justice Carl O.... read more

Dechaine supporters pin hopes on DNA test results

By Jenna Beaulieu Staff Writer Fiddlehead Focus October 30th 2012 08:51pm ST. JOHN VALLEY – Recent DNA testing of evidence from a 1988 murder may have opened up a door for a retrial of Dennis Dechaine, the man courts convicted of murdering 12-year-old Sarah Cherry in 1988. However, there are two very different interpretations of the test results, and Dechaine’s defense attorney Steven Peterson is... read more

New DNA Testing Agreed to in Dechaine Murder Case

By Catherine Pegram Staff Writer WABI TV October 19th 2012 08:51pm A lawyer for convicted killer Dennis Dechaine says officials in the case have agreed to another round of DNA testing. That testing could specifically identify another suspect and lead to a new trial. Dechaine is serving a life sentence for killing 12-year-old Sarah Cherry from Bowdoin in 1988. His lawyer says a recent round of testing... read more

Is new DNA information enough for ‘reasonable doubt’ in Dechaine case?

New information casts doubts on Dennis Dechaine’s role in the death of Sarah Cherry, and confirms the alternative suspect theory, an analyst hired to interpret DNA data from a 24-year-old murder case says. Dr. Greg Hampikian, a DNA analyst from Idaho hired by Dechaine’s attorney, said Friday that his method of interpreting the results excludes Dechaine as a suspect because of the absence of a key... read more

New DNA Evidence Raises More Questions in Dechaine Murder Case

New DNA samples recently tested in one of Maine's most notorious murder cases have come back from a lab in Texas with some potentially helpful results for convicted killer Dennis Dechaine. As Susan Sharon reports, the results are mixed, but appear to exclude Dechaine from a key piece of evidence.
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Male DNA found on girl’s clothing in Dechaine case

PORTLAND — Further testing of evidence from the 1988 murder of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry has revealed male DNA on the girl’s T-shirt, her bra and the scarf that was used to strangle her. Dennis Dechaine, convicted of murdering 12-year-old Sarah Cherry in 1988, is bidding for a new trial based on a change in state law that says the prisoner only needs to show that new DNA evidence likely would have... read more

Evidence in Dechaine Case to Be DNA Tested

There's a potentially major development in one of the most high profile abduction- murder cases in Maine's history. Recent DNA testing of several items of clothing found at the crime scene where 12-year-old Sara Cherry was killed in 1988 shows the presence of an unknown male or males. The DNA profile of the man convicted of the crime, Dennis Dechaine, is now being sent to a lab. The results could either help Dechaine, or place him at the scene ...
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Dechaine hearing wraps up for the week

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A hearing to determine whether or not Dennis Dechaine will be granted a new trial after his conviction for the murder of 12-year old Sarah Cherry wrapped up for now. The murder case has been one of the most talked about ever in Maine. Legal experts say they have never seen a case like this before. It has been making its way through the court system for more than 2-decades now. read more

Experts differ on DNA in Dechaine case

http://www.kjonline.com/news/Experts-differ-on-possibility-of-DNA-contamination-in-Dechaine-case-.html By Ann S. Kim akim@mainetoday.com Staff Writer PORTLAND — The hearing on Dennis Dechaine’s bid for a new trial today featured expert witnesses with conflicting views about the likelihood that the DNA evidence at issue was the result of contamination. Dechaine is serving a life sentence for the... read more

Dechaine witnesses at odds over DNA evidence

http://www.pressherald.com/news/dechaine-witnesses-conflict-over-dna-evidence_2012-06-15.html At issue is whether male DNA found under Sarah Cherry’s thumbnail may have been caused by contamination. By Ann S. Kim akim@mainetoday.com Staff Writer PORTLAND – Expert witnesses who testified Thursday in Dennis Dechaine’s hearing on a new trial offered contrasting views on whether the DNA... read more

Witness suggests more DNA testing at Dechaine hearing

http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/witness-suggests-more-dna-testing-at-dechaine-hearing_2012-06-13.html PORTLAND — More testing of items from the investigation of Sarah Cherry’s murder could help clarify whether the DNA found on one of her thumbnails came from contamination of that evidence, a witness said Wednesday at a hearing on Dennis Dechaine’s motion for a new trial. Swabs of items... read more

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