State reviewing Linehan evidence; decision expected soon on retrial

Associated PressMarch 4, 2012 

The prosecutor in the Mechele Linehan case says a decision will be made soon whether to re-indict the woman convicted of conspiring to kill a man in 2007.

Linehan was allowed to go free in January after the Alaska Court of Appeals ruled in 2010 that the trial judge erred in the case and the conviction was overturned. The original indictment also was thrown out.

The former Anchorage stripper was convicted of conspiring to kill Kent Leppink, whose body was found on an isolated trail south of Anchorage in 1996. Assistant Attorney General Paul Miovas said Tuesday that prosecutors are taking another hard look at the evidence. He said he expects a decision soon on whether to present the case again to a grand jury.

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