- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of a Rhode Island prison inmate who says new DNA evidence can clear him of the 1982 murder for which he is serving an 85-year sentence.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1oWVL32 ) Judge Daniel Procaccini turned down the state’s request to dismiss Raymond Tempest Jr.’s latest appeal in the beating death of 22-year-old Doreen Picard of Woonsocket.

Tempest asserts that his conviction should be overturned based on DNA evidence that shows hair that was found in the victim’s hand belonged to someone else.

The state argued that it would be prejudiced in any new appeal because key witnesses have died.

Tempest was convicted of second-degree murder in 1992. The state Supreme Court upheld his conviction in 1995.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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