PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine judge is allowing further DNA testing in Dennis Dechaine's ongoing bid for a new murder trial.
Superior Court Justice Carl Bradford agreed Thursday to allow additional tests on evidence from the 1988 murder of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry in Bowdoin.
Dechaine was convicted and sentenced to life for her death, but has maintained his innocence.
Assistant Attorney General William Stokes said DNA tests of the victim's shirt should take about three weeks. Dechaine and his attorney hope additional testing could implicate an alternative suspect in the case.
Stokes told the Portland Press Herald that his office did not oppose the request for further testing. He said the state is interested in completing testing to get a ruling on Dechaine's request for a new trial, which it opposes.
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