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DNA Evidence Clears Lapointe, But State Wants More Tests

DNA Evidence Clears Lapointe, But State Wants More Tests

HARTFORD — None of the genetic testing ordered so far by the state implicates mentally impaired dishwasher Richard Lapointe in a notorious, 28-year-old killing, but prosecutors said they want to perform more DNA analysis of crime scene evidence before deciding whether to clear him. Lapointe's supporters have been fighting for nearly three decades to prove him innocent of stabbing, strangling and raping his former wife's 88-year-old grandmother in 1987. He was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1992, largely on the strength of a questionable confession. The state Supreme Court, in an opinion critical of the confession and other conduct by prosecutors,...

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