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Testimony Continues as Dechaine Seeks New Trial
11/08/2013 11:05 AM ET  

Dennis Dechaine was convicted in the 1988 murder of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry, and is serving a life sentence.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Testimony is continuing in the hearing for a Maine man seeking a new murder trial based on updated analysis of DNA evidence.

Dennis Dechaine was convicted in the 1988 murder of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry. He's serving a life sentence.

A DNA expert testified Thursday that Dechaine could not be excluded as the donor of DNA found on a T-shirt and scarf belonging to Cherry.

Dechaine has maintained his innocence. The hearing on his motion seeking a new trial is expected to wrap up Friday though a ruling could be months away.

Cherry's body was found in Bowdoin two days after she went missing while baby-sitting.

Dechaine has a large following of supporters who are convinced of his innocence. But the victim's family is convinced of his guilt.


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