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Witness in 1989 killing defends decision to recant

November 8, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who recanted her claim that she witnessed a 1989 killing says she decided to come clean earlier this year because “it was the right thing to do.”

Hope Cady testified again Tuesday that she was coerced by Portland police to implicate Anthony Sanborn in the death of 16-year-old Jessica Briggs. The Portland Press Herald reports that she denied that her about-face in April was spurred by harassment from Sanborn’s attorney.

Cady, who was 13 at the time of the killing, was presented at trial as the only eyewitness. She testified that she saw Sanborn, then 16, stab Briggs on the Maine State Pier.

Sanborn served 27 years in prison before he was released and granted a post-conviction review following Cady’s reversal.

Police have denied any coercion.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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