- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has agreed to release a man whose murder conviction for a 1982 killing was overturned while it considers the state’s appeal of the lower court’s judgment.

Sixty-two-year-old Raymond Tempest was convicted in 1992 of second-degree murder in the death of a Woonsocket woman, Doreen Picard. He maintained his innocence.

The court granted bail Tuesday. The court ordered Tempest to be released on home confinement and said it’s expediting the state’s appeal.

The court is scheduled to consider the case in March.

A Superior Court judge vacated the conviction in July, faulting police and prosecutors for violating Tempest’s due process rights. The state appealed.

Tempest’s release was delayed to allow time for a state Supreme Court review.

Tempest’s lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached Tuesday for comment.

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