Raymond "Beaver" Tempest Jr., a 62-year-old Woonsocket man whose murder conviction has been vacated in Rhode Island Superior Court, has been released on home confinement while the Rhode Island Supreme Court considers the state’s appeal of the Superior Court judgment.
Tempest will be released on home confinement under terms set by Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini, who vacated Tempest’s murder conviction on August 4.
In an order today, the state’s highest court agreed to release Tempest while it considers Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s appeal of the order vacating the murder conviction.
Judge Procaccini cited DNA evidence introduced by lawyers for Tempest during post-conviction relief hearings earlier this year. Tempest, who long maintained his innocence, was convicted in the 1982 murder of Doreen Picard of Woonsocket.