Appeal hearing for Dechaine delayed in Maine

Posted Oct. 21, 2010, at 10:50 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A hearing in Maine to determine if convicted killer Dennis Dechaine will get a new trial has been delayed to allow more time for DNA testing.

The 52-year-old Dechaine is serving a life sentence for the 1988 murder of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry in Bowdoin. Dechaine is pressing for a new trial based on DNA testing of some of the evidence.

Dechaine’s hearing was tentatively scheduled for fall and has now been pushed back until at least December and more likely into next year.

Dechaine’s attorney tells the Portland Press Herald that a rope, a bandanna and a scarf used in the murder will be analyzed at a private laboratory in Dallas. Sticks used in her sexual assault will be tested at the Maine State Police crime lab in Augusta.