Split RI Supreme Court Rules Tempest a Free Man

Nov 10, 2016

RI Supreme Court
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Raymond `Beaver’ Tempest Jr. remains a free man, the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled again in a decision released today.

The high court rejected Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin’s attempt to re-argue the 1982 murder of Doreen Picard, a Woonsocket homecoming queen. The court ruled that the state had not raised novel legal issues in the bid to argue the case again.

The opinion carried dissents from Chief Justice Paul Suttell and Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg. Both said the state’s case had merit.

In July, the state asked the high court to re-argue why Tempest should not get a new trial in the 10-year old criminal case. That legal move came after Superior Court Judge Daniel Proacaccini’s ruling that vacated Tempest’s second-degree murder  conviction for Picard’s death.