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The Concord Monitor

The state’s highest court has denied a new trial to 78-year-old convicted murderer Robert Breest.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court is weighing whether to give 78-year-old convicted murderer, Robert Breest, a new trial.

During Thursday’s arguments the defense focused the discussion on new forensic evidence, they say debunks the state’s original case.

The Concord Monitor

The New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in a case dating back more than four decades. That case involves convicted murderer Robert Breest, who was given a life sentence for raping and killing 18-year-old Manchester resident Susan Randall in 1971.

Breest is now 78-years-old and is asking for a re-trial based on new forensic evidence.

The Concord Monitor

The Innocence Project, a group that works to exonerate wrongly convicted people, says an inmate convicted of killing a teenager in Concord four decades ago deserves a new trial. 

In a court filing this week lawyers for the group say that advances in science mean that key evidence used to convict Robert Breest should be considered inadmissible. 

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New Hampshire's highest court says it will hear the appeal of a man convicted of killing an 18-year-old woman more than four decades ago.

Robert Breest has denied beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially nude body onto the frozen Merrimack River in Concord in February 1971. Now 77, Breest has twice been denied parole because he refuses to admit to the crime and take part in sex offender treatment. Instead, he has tried to clear his name through DNA testing.

N.H. Department of Corrections

 

A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades won't get a new trial.

Seventy-seven-year-old Robert Breest claims he was wrongly convicted of beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially nude body onto the frozen Merrimack River in Concord in February 1971. He has tried to clear his name through DNA testing as technology and collection methods improved, but a Merrimack County Superior Court judge this week rejected his latest request for a new trial.

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Robert Breest has been locked up since 1973 for the killing of 18-year-old Susan Randall of Manchester.

Since then the 77-year-old Massachusetts carpenter has always maintained his innocence.

During the trial 42 years ago, the state argued Breest picked up Randall when she was hitchhiking late one night in Manchester, brutally beat her, and then dumped her body into the Merrimack River in Concord.