Rhode Island State Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg has granted the state attorney general’s request that Raymond `Beaver’ Tempest stay in prison until the full court can decide his case.
McKena Goldberg blocked, at least for a month, the release of Tempest that was ordered by Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini.
Procaccini last month vacated Tempest’s conviction for the 1982 murder of Doreen Picard of Woonsocket after finding that police and state prosecutors violated his fair trial rights by withholding evidence.
State prosecutors said that Tempest is a flight risk and should not be released until the high court reviews the case.
Tempest has spent more than 20 years behind bars but has consistently denied any role in the strangling death of Picard.