- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Testimony has concluded in a hearing to determine whether Raymond Tempest Jr. should get a new murder trial in the 1982 strangling death of a Woonsocket woman.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1Doelg8) that Betty Anne Waters, a lawyer from the New England Innocence Project, testified Tuesday that testing did not find Tempest’s DNA on fingernails, hair and blood stains found after the death of Doreen Picard.

She also said the Department of Health acknowledged it may have contaminated some evidence.

The state argued that the court shouldn’t consider blood evidence because it wasn’t mentioned in Tempest’s motion seeking to overturn his second-degree murder conviction

Written arguments are due to Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini by May 5.

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


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