Mentally disabled man whose murder conviction overturned won't have to give new DNA sample

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HARTFORD, Connecticut — A judge has ruled that a mentally disabled man whose 1992 murder conviction was thrown out doesn't have to give a new DNA sample as prosecutors consider a retrial.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/1ceMdAh) Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ruled after a hearing Monday.

Sixty-nine-year-old Richard Lapointe was freed on bail last month after the state Supreme Court ruled he was wrongly convicted of raping and killing his then-wife's grandmother in 1987. The court ruled prosecutors didn't disclose evidence that would have supported his alibi. Lapointe has insisted he's innocent.

Prosecutors asked for the new sample to compare with untested crime scene evidence. Defense attorney Paul Casteleiro said he believes additional testing will exonerate Lapointe, but he's has already provided a DNA sample.

The judge ruled that a defense expert can monitor any testing by prosecutors.


Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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