Judge dismisses charges against Richard Lapointe - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Judge dismisses charges against Richard Lapointe

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

A Superior Court judge has dismissed charges against Richard Lapointe, a mentally disabled former dishwasher who spent almost 26 years in prison after he was convicted of murder in the 1987 death of his wife's 88-year-old grandmother.

The state Supreme Court overturned that conviction in March, ruling that prosecutors failed to disclose notes by a police officer that suggest the crime occurred at a time when Lapointe had an alibi.

On Friday, prosecutors acknowledged that new DNA testing did not implicate Lapointe and they did not have the evidence to go forward with a new trial.

Judge Joan Alexander then dismissed the case and told Lapointe he was free to go.

She also apologized to the family of victim Bernice Martin, saying the justice system had failed them.

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