Linehan Indictment Dismissed
Murder indictment tossed; re-indictment possible
She is the stripper turned soccer mom who’s been convicted of murder. But that conviction was thrown out, and Mechele Linehan was expected to face another trial, until Tuesday.
Judge Philip Volland dismissed the murder indictment Tuesday. Volland heard oral arguments from both the state and Linehan’s attorney back in September, and yesterday tossed out the August grand jury ruling.
Linehan was convicted in 2007 for conspiring to kill her own fiancé, Kent Leppink, in 1996, but that conviction was thrown out last year in appeals court.
Prosecutors presented the case again, which led to the August grand jury indictment.
According to the district attorney’s office, the dismissal is not unusual, and doesn’t necessarily mean the case is over.
The state may seek a re-indictment, without the evidence the court of appeals and Judge Volland found to be prejudicial.