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ME - Rita St Peter, 20, Anson, 5 July 1980
Man charged with murder in 1980 Maine homicide; grand jury indicted him earlier this month
Jay Mercier was arrested at his home in the small western Maine town of Industry and charged with murder in the death of Rita St. Peter, who was 20 when she was found dead along the side of a road in Anson on July 5, 1980.
12-12-2014, 06:42 AM #2
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court denied the appeal of a Franklin County man who argued that he was wrongfully convicted of murder based on 32-year-old evidence.
Jay Mercier, now 58, remained free for more than three decades after the bludgeoned body of 20-year-old Rita St. Peter was found at the side of a dirt road in Anson on July 5, 1980. It wasn’t until 2011 that authorities used DNA evidence to charge him with her murder.
Mercier was found guilty in 2012 in Somerset County Superior Court and sentenced to serve 70 years in prison.
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