Judge over­turns 1992 mur­der con­vic­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A judge has va­cated the mur­der con­vic­tion of a man who spent 23 years in prison for a 1982 killing. Sixty-two-year-old Ray­mond Tem­pest was con­victed in 1992 of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in Doreen Pi­card’s death. He has main­tained his in­no­cence. Judge Daniel Pro­cac­cini ruled Mon­day af­ter a lengthy hear­ing on Tem­pest’s case held ear­lier this year. The judge didn’t re­lease Tem­pest but set an Aug. 4 bail hear­ing. Tem­pest’s lawyers say new DNA ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing hair and blood at the scene, show some­one else killed the 22year-old Pi­card in Woonsocket. Tem­pest tes­ti­fied in March he was drink­ing else­where and try­ing to buy co­caine at the time of the killing. He said he didn’t dis­close his alibi be­cause he didn’t want to em­bar­rass his rel­a­tives who were law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

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