Dennis Dechaine...do you think he is guilty?

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charlotte
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Dennis Dechaine...do you think he is guilty?

I have read many articles on this man..and I think he is guilt as convicted. However, there are many who think not? I am wondering why? Any information is appreciated.

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Re: Dennis Dechaine...do you think he is guilty?

From what I've read over the years since his trial and conviction, I'm not certain either way but judging from what I have read I think he is deserving of a trial that allows all of the evidence to be presented.

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Unless I can see the court records on this I wouldn't want to speculate to much at stake either way it goes.

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quote:Originally posted by bogeys:
[b]From what I've read over the years since his trial and conviction, I'm not certain either way but judging from what I have read I think he is deserving of a trial that allows all of the evidence to be presented.[/b]

He had a trial where all admissable evidence available at that time was admitted.He's guilty.

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The DNA that is other than Dechaine's makes me wonder.I remember this trial and at the time felt they had exhausted "reasonable doubt."I would like to see an explanation of why the other DNA is present under Sarah's fingernails (that is where I understand they found it).Either way, I do not want to see the Cherry family go through any more pain.If he did, fry him.

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Thanks everyone...Ray I agree, that is what I am talking about. I can't stand to see that girl's family pulled through another trial...

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The chain of evidence on the fingernails is a problem. They ended up in the custody of Dechaine's former lawyer at one point so anything could have happened.Also, even if there was someone else there that does not mean Dechaine is not guilty.

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George from everything I have read...he seems guilty as sin.

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Problem with him frying.Can't do it here in Maine. Wish we could follow Texas and put in the fast lane to death row.

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quote:Originally posted by charlotte:
[b]George from everything I have read...he seems guilty as sin.[/b]

Yep. It's a class thing. He doesn't look the part, he is college educated, and an organic farmer. Such a person couldn't have done it! If he was the typical criminal defendant and had been convicted on the same evidence, nobody would have thought twice about it.

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Based on what info has come forth via the media ( what a great accurate source that is!) ( yeah, right ) I think he is guilty. What is most disturbing to me is the term "admisable evidence". The jury should get to decide what is pertinent to the case. If you are on trial for your life and there is a piece of evidence you want in, it should be in. The jury can dismiss it.

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I never believed that he was guilty and the more that surfaces the more convinced I am of his innocence. Al

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Didn't Dechaine's own attorney once acknowledge that Dechaine admitted to him that he did it? I'm going back a long time now, but I recall the attorney stating some to the effect that the right man is behind bars. Given the pile of evidence presented at his original trial I would have to say that he's guilty of murdering Sarah. But if there really is evidence that another's tissue was under Sarah's fingernails the case should be reexamined to either correct an injustice, or to lay tese rumors to rest once and for all.

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They withdrew their request for a new trial in court today.Back to the legislature.

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Do you know why Paul?

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quote:Originally posted by artistgonebad:
[b]Didn't Dechaine's own attorney once acknowledge that Dechaine admitted to him that he did it? [/b]

He did. It was his firts attorney, not Connolly. But I would question the credibility of any attorney that would break attorney/client privilege.

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From what I heard, there were no scratch marks on his body.Apparently there was a man who was molesting Sarah's sister who had scratch marks all over his face but he was never prosecuted.Of course, I heard this from someone at the Republican State Convention who was there representing the cause of DD.Who knows. My mom thought he was innocent.I was just a kid when it all happened so my opinions are formed by what my mom's were.I want him to get a new trial with the new evidence. I would like to cross the DNA under Sarah's nails with that of the man who had the scratches and was molesting Sarah's sister.

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Friday, September 23, 2005 12:45 pmDechaine lawyers withdraw motion for new trial
By DAVID SHARP

PORTLAND, Maine — Lawyers for convicted murderer Dennis Dechaine abruptly withdrew his motion for a new trial on Friday, saying the state law that allows for a post-conviction review of DNA evidence sets an unfair burden on defendants.Dechaine´s lawyers said they would go back to the Maine Legislature and seek to amend the law before refiling the motion for a new trial.

[url=http://news.mainetoday.com/apwire/D8CQ2NR80-265.shtml]AP Story[/url]

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[b]He did. It was his firts attorney, not Connolly.[/b]Did Connolly have possesion of the fingernails outside the evidence room?

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Yes.

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I remember the tragedy and the trial well. I've heard that the chain of evidence was broken - Connolly reportedly had the DNA in his possession for some time. I, too, think that those pleading his innocence just CAN'T believe such a nice looking young man could have done this - even the ultra right-wing Maine Times (sarcasm intended) editorialized at the time that his appearance was what made them shake their heads in disbelief.I think he's guilty. Period.

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Yes, just a humble organic farmer walking through the woods in an amphetamine induced haze.Guilty.

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In speaking with people a little closer to the case years back, the underlying popular opinion I was left with was that he is a VERY bad person and guilty as sin. I never sat in on a jury on this so all I have is an uneducated opinion here.

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quote:Originally posted by laMaine.com:
[b]Yes, just a humble organic farmer walking through the woods in an amphetamine induced haze.Guilty.[/b]

Exactly.

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"The DNA that is other than Dechaine's makes me wonder."I don't wonder. It looks like he had an accomplice.

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Words of wisdom from laMaine and Roger Ek on the same thread! I agree with you both. How can that happen?

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You're getting wiser in your old age.

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From the events that happened today, it looks like the defense didn't get the right judge... they wanted to parade and grandstand all sorts of stuff and play to the public (and a sympathetic press) but the judge limited the scope to just introducing the DNA evidence - but that apparently wasn't good enough. So now they are going to take it to a more sympathetic audience...a Democratic controlled legislature!

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..except he never did amphetimines before...he got stoned and walked in the woods....nor is there anything in his background that indicated any predisposition to sexually proposition or seduce young girls...and this is a guy who knew and got stoned with a lot of people....there was no evidence of any priors, arrests, complaints, none!I ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE HE IS INNOCENT and one of several other people, including whoever was involved in a series of serial molestations in the general area, did it and cleverly framed Dennis with stuff from his truck. I also think the AG's office slanted the evidence towards a theory of the crime, never looked hard for any other possible perps. and whoever did it knew the way a prosecutor would present the case and took just the right stuff from dennis's truck.A friend who knows Dennis very well convinced me of his innocence....and this is someone who has top security clearance and runs a very important computer system, not your avg. ex-hippy. THAT SAID, there is always that shred of doubt about Dennis since I don't know him personally but have a fair number of friend who did. Speed is not a 'walk in the woods' type of drug; acid, euphoriants, etc. yes. Criminals who do B&E's, street crime, and other forms of crime take speed since it sharpens their reflexes and senses...there is no evidence Dennis was ripping off country homes; nor any evidence he know Sarah Cherry beforehand and 'planned' the crime.So I have this awful nagging doubt that maybe, just maybe he somehow committed a crime of passion even though there is nothing in his background to indicate he was capable of doing it. My suspicion is that he was doing some other drugs he won't reveal and was tripping at the time; or engaged in some other drug related activity that involved others who he is still protecting. Damned if I see anything about him that would led me to believe he committed such a horrid crime of passion---and there is an absence of evidence on both him and the victim....Watch CSI and you know it is damn near impossible to have a clean crime scene, let alone have a perp. wander around the neighborhood afterwards....how many murderers have you heard about do that?And if I'm wrong, please point out where and how, since this has tied up a lot of people around here in knots for 18(?) years without any clear resolution. fjh.

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The trooper said he is a "monster".

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FJH sticks up for his fellow organic food lover. The hippies have to stick together.

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