This resource blog profiles cold cases to give the victims a bigger digital footprint. We must ensure that those developing new technologies can find these old cases to see if preserved evidence can be tested with new technology. I also blog about wrongful convictions.
On April 10, Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ordered Lapointe released on $250,000 security bond. He is staying at an undisclosed location.
A decision on a retrial could take time. Assistant State's Attorney David Zagaja said in court late last month that prosecutors want to assemble all the evidence in the Martin killing and perform genetic, or DNA testing — tests that the prosecution has resisted for years. None of the DNA results analyzed to date have tied Lapointe to the crime, but neither have they tended to exonerate him by implicating someone else.
"The state's position has changed," Zagaja said in court. The state now is deciding how to proceed in the case, he said. Before, he said, the state was trying to maintain a conviction.