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Thursday July 31, 2014

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Editor’s note: A girl was abducted and brutally murdered, and police and prosecutors say the right man — Dennis Dechaine — was sent to prison for life. But countless others think that Dechaine was wrongly convicted.


The case — already litigated for almost 22 years — is expected to be revisited this September, when Dechaine makes one more bid for a new trial, based on DNA evidence.


MaineToday Media reporter Trevor Maxwell conducted dozens of interviews and reviewed hundreds of pages of court documents and police records dating back to 1988. Maxwell, 33, is the newspaper’s courts and legal affairs reporter. He has been a staff writer for the Portland Press Herald since 2005.

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