- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision granting a new trial for a man who had been convicted of beating a Woonsocket woman to death 34 years ago.

Raymond Tempest was convicted in 1992 of second-degree murder in Doreen Picard’s 1982 death. He was sentenced to 85 years in prison but has always maintained his innocence.

The court’s majority opinion said Tempest was denied some evidence by prosecutors that could have been used to impeach witnesses.

One justice said in a dissenting opinion that Tempest had received a fair trial and his conviction should stand.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said he was disappointed by the decision.

Tempest is currently out of prison on home confinement.


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