1982 Tempest Murder Conviction Vacated

Jul 13, 2015

The murder conviction of a 62-year-old Woonsocket man has been vacated by Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini.

The judge cited DNA evidence introduced by lawyers for Raymond 'Beaver' Tempest during post-conviction relief hearings earlier this year. Tempest was convicted in the 1982 killing of Doreen Picard of Woonsocket.

Procaccini declined to release Tempest on bail and set a bail hearing for August 4th. While Temple smiled at the decision, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin expressed disappointment and said state prosecutors intend to appeal the ruling to the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

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