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AG REQUESTS REVIEW OF MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS IN DECHAINE MURDER CASE
October 26, 2004
OCTOBER 26, 2004
Attorney General Steven Rowe announced today that he has requested that a retired federal magistrate judge and two prominent
Rowe announced that he asked retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Eugene Beaulieu of
In a letter to the three, Rowe stated: “I have no reason to believe that these allegations are true. However, in order to ensure continued public confidence in the Office of the Attorney General as well as other law enforcement agencies in the State of
Rowe said that he appreciated that Magistrate Judge Beaulieu and Attorneys Abbott and Glazier had agreed to conduct the review. “These are three of the most highly respected legal professionals in the State of
Specific allegations that Rowe asked to be reviewed are:
· Following their initial investigation, law enforcement officers altered their notes and/or reports to falsely attribute incriminating statements to Dennis Dechaine.
· Prosecutors misled the jury with respect to Sarah Cherry’s time of death.
· At the time of trial, prosecutors and law enforcement officers had information about an alternative suspect which they should have shared, but did not share, with defense counsel.
· In 1992, law enforcement officers, with the approval of prosecutors, inappropriately destroyed physical evidence to include a rape kit as well as hairs and fibers discovered at the scene where Sarah Cherry’s body was found.
· Prosecutors inappropriately failed to notify the court and defense counsel of a consultant’s opinion regarding the reliability of an outside laboratory and DNA tests conducted in 1993.
The Attorney General’s Office will offer no public comment on the review until the review is completed.
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