By Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - Prosecutors say new information led to the release of a Vermont man accused in the 2013 beating death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

Luke Theriault of White River Junction was released Monday from prison, where he was being held without bail, to home detention at Pinecrest Motel.

Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen tells The Valley News ( ) he concluded the evidence of 32-year-old Theriault’s alleged guilt isn’t as strong as it initially appeared, but he thinks there’s still probable cause to believe he committed the crime.

Theriault was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in 2014 after a year-long investigation into Jamaal Jayden Turkvan’s death. An autopsy determined the boy died of blunt trauma injuries to his abdomen.

Theriault’s attorney says his legal team fully believes in his innocence.


Information from: Lebanon Valley News,

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