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.
A new trial was ordered for Richard Lapointe in Oct 2012. The Connecticut Supreme Court heard the State's appeal on Sept 17, 2013. On March 31, 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered a retrial. On April 10, Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ordered that Lapointe be released on $250,000 security bond. Lapointe is staying at an undisclosed location.
April 29: State prosecutors want Lapointe's DNA taken again while they consider to retry him. In a two-page motion filed in Superior Court, Assistant State's Attorney David Zagaja asks that Lapointe be compelled to provide a saliva sample to compare his DNA to the semen stains on the bedspread from Martin's home.
Defense attorney Paul Casteleiro said prosecutors took four similar samples in 2006 and have Lapointe's complete genetic profile on file and in a national criminal database available to law enforcement agencies in Connecticut and everywhere else in the country.