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WOONSOCKET â€” Lawyers for Raymond D. Tempest Sr. are asking a Superior Court judge to throw out his second-degree murder conviction in the grisly 1982 bludgeoning death of a young Providence Street woman, saying DNA from hair the victim was clutching in her hand came from someone other than Tempest and proves he wasnâ€™t the assailant.
The newly discovered DNA evidence is part of a multi-pronged attack on Tempestâ€™s conviction in the killing of Doreen C. Picard, a crime that spawned scores of headlines and captivated the attention of the city for years. In a 77-page legal brief filed several days ago, Tempestâ€™s lawyers say the DNA evidence sinks the stateâ€™s theory of the case and proves the star witness was lying.
The legal papers also allege that state breached Tempestâ€™s right to a fair trial by deliberately withholding evidence pointing toward his innocence; that police coached and coerced witnesses; that prosecutors knowingly permitted false testimony to be introduced during the trial; and that Tempestâ€™s defense lawyer, the late William A. Dimitri Jr., failed to do a sufficiently thorough job of exposing the flaws in the stateâ€™s case or impeaching its witnesses.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Call and Monday's Times.