New DNA tests sought for convicted killer in Maine

Posted Jan. 15, 2010, at 9:41 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:36 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The lawyer for Dennis Dechaine says he wants to use a new type of DNA testing on evidence that remains from Dechaine’s 1989 trial where he was convicted of murdering a 12-year-old girl in Maine.

Steve Peterson says he hopes to use “touch DNA” technology that can recover a DNA profile even if a person merely touches something. Peterson tells the Portland Press Herald that the results could be used in Dechaine’s efforts to get a new trial.

Dechaine is serving a life sentence for the 1988 murder and rape of Sarah Cherry, who was abducted while baby-sitting in her hometown of Bowdoin. Dechaine supporters say he was wrongly convicted and have been pressing for a new trial.

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