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By Mike Ross and Channel 2 News | December 14, 2011
A murder indictment against Mechele Linehan has been dismissed by Judge Philip Volland, court records show. The decision was the result of a motion by Linehan's defense attorney to throw out the charges. Linehan was accused of conspiring to kill her former fiance in 1996 for $1-million of insurance money. A jury convicted her of conspiracy in 2007, but the Alaska Court of Appeals overturned the verdict. The court ruled the jury should not have heard a letter Kent Leppink wrote days before his death.
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February 6, 2010
by Channel 2 News staff Friday, February 5, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- In a poll conducted by Channel 2 News, respondents were asked if the state should retry Mechele Linehan for Kent Leppink's murder. Here is the official question and results of the 492 people who voted. Should the state retry Mechele Linehan for Kent Leppink's murder? Yes 45 % No 55 %  
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By Ted Land, Jackie Bartz and Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | January 17, 2012
Mechele Linehan -- formerly a suspect in a high-profile 1996 murder -- is now a free woman, following a Tuesday hearing during which a judge removed court-ordered supervision measures which kept the 39 year old under close watch in Alaska. Just a few hours after the hearing, Linehan, her husband Colin, and dog Maggie, boarded a flight bound for Washington State, where Linehan plans to stay unless a court calls her back. She wore no ankle monitoring bracelet and her bail had been lifted.
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Christine Kim and Channel 2 News | July 29, 2011
A woman accused of conspiring to kill her former finance is asking to leave Alaska by changing her bail conditions. Mechele Linehan's attorney argued in court Friday that Linehan needs knee surgery to prevent a degenerative condition, and said it should be done in Olympia, Washington where she has a family support system. That's where Linehan wants to spend her time before her second trial, scheduled for April. “Either she would put off having the surgery and continue to injure herself which would be unfair, or my primary concern is that she not be in pain during our trial,” said Defense attorney Cynthia Strout.
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By Chris Klint and Mike Ross and Channel 2 News | August 6, 2012
State prosecutors announced Monday that they will not seek a second murder indictment against Mechele Linehan, the woman whose 2007 conviction for the 1996 murder of Kent Leppink was subsequently overturned. Both Linehan and John Carlin III were convicted of first-degree murder in Leppink's death after prosecutors said Linehan, a former stripper, convinced Carlin to kill Leppink. The Alaska Court of Appeals overturned Linehan's conviction in 2010, noting that the state's case against her was circumstantial and that three pieces of evidence, including a letter written by Leppink implicating Linehan were he to die suspiciously, were improperly admitted at trial.
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April 29, 2010
by Channel 2 News staff Wednesday, April 28, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- In a poll conducted by Channel 2 News, respondents were asked if they agree with a judge's decision to approve Mechele Linehan for bail. Here is the official question and results of the 341 people who voted. Do you agree with a judge's decision to approve Mechele Linehan for bail? Yes 52 % No 48 % All polls conducted by Channel 2 News and KTUU.
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By Abby Hancock and Channel 2 News | July 12, 2011
Mechele Linehan was in court Tuesday, as attorneys in her second murder trial set upcoming court dates. In a pre-trial conference, Linehan's defense attorney said they were on track for the April 2nd trial date. Judge Phillip Volland also confirmed a motions deadline of November 14th. Linehan is accused of conspiring to kill her former fiance. She was convicted in the first murder trial in 2007, but an appeals court overturned the conviction, ruling Linehan did not get a fair trial.
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by Lori Tipton and Channel 2 News | January 26, 2011
The trial of a woman accused of conspiring to kill her former fiance is now set for April of 2012. Mechele Linehan's second murder trial was initially scheduled for this month, but at a pre-trial conference hearing Tuesday her new defense team said it needs more time to get up to speed on the case. Judge Philip Volland agreed, and set the tentative trial date for the first two weeks of next April. A court of appeals overturned Linehan's 2007 conviction last February, saying she didn't get a fair trial.
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By Channel 2 News staff | December 30, 2010
Two people are being indicted in connection with the jailhouse death of John Carlin. The state released the grand jury indictment Thursday afternoon charging William Wassille with second degree murder and Tyler Heavyrunner with criminally negligent homicide. Wassille and Heavyrunner are also being charged with burglary and tampering with evidence. Carlin was accused along with Mechele Linehan of the 1996 murder of Kent Leppink. They were both sentenced to 99 years, but Linehan was released on appeal.
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April 28, 2010
by Channel 2 News staff Tuesday, April 27, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Accused murderer Mechele Linehan may have to face her next trial with a public defender representing her. In court Tuesday, Linehan asked the judge to appoint an attorney for her that would be paid for by the government. Her husband reportedly filed for bankruptcy recently. In 2008 Linehan was sentenced to 99 years in prison after she was found guilty of taking part in the murder of her ex-fiance, Kent Leppink in 1996.
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By Chris Klint and Mike Ross and Channel 2 News | August 6, 2012
State prosecutors announced Monday that they will not seek a second murder indictment against Mechele Linehan, the woman whose 2007 conviction for the 1996 murder of Kent Leppink was subsequently overturned. Both Linehan and John Carlin III were convicted of first-degree murder in Leppink's death after prosecutors said Linehan, a former stripper, convinced Carlin to kill Leppink. The Alaska Court of Appeals overturned Linehan's conviction in 2010, noting that the state's case against her was circumstantial and that three pieces of evidence, including a letter written by Leppink implicating Linehan were he to die suspiciously, were improperly admitted at trial.
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By Ted Land, Jackie Bartz and Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | January 17, 2012
Mechele Linehan -- formerly a suspect in a high-profile 1996 murder -- is now a free woman, following a Tuesday hearing during which a judge removed court-ordered supervision measures which kept the 39 year old under close watch in Alaska. Just a few hours after the hearing, Linehan, her husband Colin, and dog Maggie, boarded a flight bound for Washington State, where Linehan plans to stay unless a court calls her back. She wore no ankle monitoring bracelet and her bail had been lifted.
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By Mike Ross and Channel 2 News | December 14, 2011
A murder indictment against Mechele Linehan has been dismissed by Judge Philip Volland, court records show. The decision was the result of a motion by Linehan's defense attorney to throw out the charges. Linehan was accused of conspiring to kill her former fiance in 1996 for $1-million of insurance money. A jury convicted her of conspiracy in 2007, but the Alaska Court of Appeals overturned the verdict. The court ruled the jury should not have heard a letter Kent Leppink wrote days before his death.
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Christine Kim and Channel 2 News | July 29, 2011
A woman accused of conspiring to kill her former finance is asking to leave Alaska by changing her bail conditions. Mechele Linehan's attorney argued in court Friday that Linehan needs knee surgery to prevent a degenerative condition, and said it should be done in Olympia, Washington where she has a family support system. That's where Linehan wants to spend her time before her second trial, scheduled for April. “Either she would put off having the surgery and continue to injure herself which would be unfair, or my primary concern is that she not be in pain during our trial,” said Defense attorney Cynthia Strout.
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By Abby Hancock and Channel 2 News | July 12, 2011
Mechele Linehan was in court Tuesday, as attorneys in her second murder trial set upcoming court dates. In a pre-trial conference, Linehan's defense attorney said they were on track for the April 2nd trial date. Judge Phillip Volland also confirmed a motions deadline of November 14th. Linehan is accused of conspiring to kill her former fiance. She was convicted in the first murder trial in 2007, but an appeals court overturned the conviction, ruling Linehan did not get a fair trial.
NEWS
by Lori Tipton and Channel 2 News | January 26, 2011
The trial of a woman accused of conspiring to kill her former fiance is now set for April of 2012. Mechele Linehan's second murder trial was initially scheduled for this month, but at a pre-trial conference hearing Tuesday her new defense team said it needs more time to get up to speed on the case. Judge Philip Volland agreed, and set the tentative trial date for the first two weeks of next April. A court of appeals overturned Linehan's 2007 conviction last February, saying she didn't get a fair trial.
NEWS
By Channel 2 News staff | December 30, 2010
Two people are being indicted in connection with the jailhouse death of John Carlin. The state released the grand jury indictment Thursday afternoon charging William Wassille with second degree murder and Tyler Heavyrunner with criminally negligent homicide. Wassille and Heavyrunner are also being charged with burglary and tampering with evidence. Carlin was accused along with Mechele Linehan of the 1996 murder of Kent Leppink. They were both sentenced to 99 years, but Linehan was released on appeal.
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May 19, 2010
by Ashton Goodell Tuesday, May 18, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska State Troopers say they are ready to file charges in the murder of John Carlin, who was killed while an inmate at Spring Creek Correctional Center. Carlin was accused, along with Mechele Linehan, of the 1996 murder of Kent Leppink. Carlin was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to 99 years. Linehan was also convicted in 2007 but the verdict was overturned earlier this year. Inmates beat Carlin to death in the Spring Creek Correctional Center in 2008.
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May 12, 2010
by Ashton Goodell Wednesday, May 12, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Accused killer Mechele Linehan is out on bail after more than two years in prison for conspiring to murder her former fiancé in 1996. Linehan, whose conviction was overturned by the Alaska Court of Appeals in February, is now awaiting a new trial. Following Judge Phillip Volland's decision last week that set Linehan's bail at $250,000, her next hurdle to freedom was coming up with the money, a serious difficulty for her cash-strapped family.
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April 29, 2010
by Channel 2 News staff Wednesday, April 28, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- In a poll conducted by Channel 2 News, respondents were asked if they agree with a judge's decision to approve Mechele Linehan for bail. Here is the official question and results of the 341 people who voted. Do you agree with a judge's decision to approve Mechele Linehan for bail? Yes 52 % No 48 % All polls conducted by Channel 2 News and KTUU.
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