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Lawyer wants DNA evidence reviewed in 1989 murder trial

Dennis Dechaine's lawyer will have to convince Superior Court Justice Carl Bradford that jurors would not have convicted him if they had known about the DNA


By Ann S. Kim
The Portland Press Herald

PORTLAND, Maine — DNA evidence from Sarah Cherry's left thumbnail would have been a game changer had it been allowed in Dennis Dechaine's murder trial in 1989, the prisoner's lawyer argued Tuesday.

"DNA's been a topic almost from the beginning of the case. It still is today, almost 24 years later," Steve Peterson said during the first day of a hearing on Dechaine's motion for a new trial.

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