Richard Lapointe Case: Archive

Lapointe Case: Testimony Focuses On Fire, DNA Evidence

9:31 PM EDT, July 8, 2010

Lapointe Case: Testimony Focuses On Fire, DNA Evidence

Questions about how long a fire burned at a murder victim's apartment and possibly tainted DNA evidence on a pair of gloves found at the crime scene were brought up Thursday during a hearing for Richard Lapointe.

9:35 PM EDT, July 7, 2010

Testimony Reviews Lawyers' Handling Of Lapointe's Case In 1992

— A public defender and a commercial litigation attorney who previously represented Richard Lapointe, a mentally handicapped man serving a life sentence in the 1987 rape and murder of an 88-year-old woman, testified Wednesday in Superior Court in Rockville.

5:43 PM EDT, September 16, 2013

Rockville Court Drama: Could Richard Lapointe Have Raped and Murdered Bernice Martin In Just 20 Minutes?

Richard Lapointe, convicted of murdering his wife's 88-year-old grandmother 18 years ago, had to have committed the brutal, messy crime in a window of as little as 20 minutes.

July 6, 2010

Lapointe's Bid For New Trial Resumes

Richard Lapointe, a mentally disabled man serving a life sentence for the 1987 rape and murder of his then-wife's grandmother, is scheduled to return today to Superior Court where his lawyers will resume their battle for a new trial.

Lapointe's Bid For New Trial Begins In Rockville Courtroom

May 4, 2010


Lapointe's Bid For New Trial Begins In Rockville Courtroom

What is probably Richard Lapointe's last chance to prove that he was wrongly convicted of raping and killing an 88-year-old woman and then setting her apartment on fire more than 23 years ago began Monday in a Rockville courtroom.

May 8, 2010


Lapointe Lawyers Focus On Manchester Detective's Interview Tactics

The defense lawyers trying to clear Richard Lapointe of a horrendous 1987 murder began an attack in court Friday on a detective who they said secured the mentally disabled man's questionable confession after a series of suggestive and, at times, threatening interrogations.

May 7, 2010


Lapointe's Ex-Wife Testifies At Hearing For New Trial

Nearly 21 years ago, as Richard Lapointe was confessing to raping and killing Bernice Martin and setting fire to her Manchester apartment, a Manchester detective stopped by Lapointe's condominium.

May 6, 2010


Hearing Continues In Lapointe's Bid For New Trial

Lawyers for Richard Lapointe continued their effort Wednesday to highlight issues that they hope will convince a Superior Court judge that their client deserves a new trial in the 1987 killing of Bernice Martin.

January 17, 2002

Lapointe Loses Appeal Of Murder Conviction

A brain-damaged man who was convicted of killing his wife's 88-year-old grandmother in Manchester lost another legal appeal Wednesday.

February 24, 2000

Detective's Notebook Might Help Lapointe's Case

The notebook of the Manchester detective whose investigation led to the arrest of Richard Lapointe in the slaying of his wife's 88-year-old grandmother is now being used in an attempt to overturn Lapointe's murder conviction.

August 3, 2007

Convicted Killer Won't Get New Trial: Judge Terms Lapointe's Petition A Waste Of Court's Time

Richard Lapointe, convicted 20 years ago of killing his wife's grandmother, will not get a new trial.

August 6, 2002

Lawyers Seek New Trial For Lapointe

Lawyers for Richard Lapointe, who was convicted of killing his wife's 88-year-old grandmother in Manchester, have asked a court to vacate his conviction and grant him a new trial.

October 24, 2008

16 Years On, Lapointe Friends Won't Give Up

Most of the Friends of Richard Lapointe are old and gray now. Some have died. Gone are the strategy meetings over Burger King coffee.

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