DNA Evidence Points to Rhode Island Man’s Innocence
reported that Tempest’s legal team filed a 70-plus page motion Monday in Superior Court asking that his conviction be vacated on grounds that DNA testing revealed that hair clutched in Picard’s hand didn’t belong to Tempest and that the prosecution’s key witness, Ronald Vaz, fabricated his accounts of Tempest’s alleged confessions.
reports that Tempest’s attorneys wrote in the motion: “The state’s case against Tempest was based on the testimony of drug addicts and criminals. . . . These witnesses implicated Tempest years after the crime, and their allegations evolved as the state’s case against Tempest developed.”
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