Convicted killer seeking new trial is hospitalized

Posted April 07, 2010, at 9:50 a.m.
**FILE** Convicted murderer Dennis Dechaine stands by a window in a conference room at the Maine State Prison in Warren, Maine, April 6, 2005. Lawyers for Dechaine abruptly withdrew his motion for a new trial on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, saying the state law that allows for a post-conviction review of DNA evidence sets an unfair burden on defendants. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
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**FILE** Convicted murderer Dennis Dechaine stands by a window in a conference room at the Maine State Prison in Warren, Maine, April 6, 2005. Lawyers for Dechaine abruptly withdrew his motion for a new trial on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, saying the state law that allows for a post-conviction review of DNA evidence sets an unfair burden on defendants. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

WARREN, Maine — The Maine State Prison inmate who’s seeking a new trial for the 1988 kidnapping and killing of a 12-year-old girl has been hospitalized for an undisclosed illness.

Corrections officials say 52-year-old Dennis Dechaine was removed from the prison on Monday. She declined to discuss his medical condition.

Bill Moore, a private investigator who’s part of Dechaine’s legal team, tells the Portland Press Herald that Dechaine had problems with heart rate and blood pressure.

Dechaine, a former Bowdoinham farmer, is serving a life sentence for the murder and rape of Sarah Cherry. Dechaine maintains his innocence and is pressing for a new trial based on DNA evidence.

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