N.H. Supreme Court rejects new trial for 78-year-old convicted killer

N.H. Supreme Court rejects new trial for 78-year-old convicted killer

New Hampshire’s Supreme Court on Friday turned down 78-year-old convicted killer Robert Breest’s request for a new trial.

The Supreme Court justices rejected Breest’s plea for a new trial, saying a new DNA testing wouldn’t have brought about a different verdict. The apex court’s ruling was in line with a similar ruling a lower court.

Ian Dumain, a lawyer who represented the convicted killer in the court, said that the verdict disappointed them.


Following the verdict, Dumain said, “Based on the posture of the case – just as a matter of statistics – we were more likely to lose rather than to win but we were hopeful. So we are disappointed in the outcome.”

The convicted man’s 45-year-old wife, Carole Breest, said she was staggered by the apex court's ruling, and stressed that she would never give up hope.

Breest was given a life sentence in 1973, after he was found guilty of raping and murdering 18-year-old Manchester resident Susan Randall. He has had several parole hearings but they were all denied because he didn’t admit to the crime.


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