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Richard Lapointe Case: Archive

  • 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. Much of the testimony...

  • 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. It was the Fourth of July 1989, and Det. Michael Morrissey arrived in the late afternoon to question...

  • 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. Lapointe, 64, has been incarcerated since his arrest in 1989. He was convicted in 1992...

  • 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. The state Appellate Court in Hartford ruled unanimously against Richard Lapointe's request to introduce additional evidence that his attorney said would prove his...

  • 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. In Hartford Superior Court Wednesday, Simsbury attorney Henry "Ted" Vogt...

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