On March 31, 2015, the Connecticut Supreme Court, in a comprehensive and thorough opinion, ordered that Richard Lapointe must be granted a new trial.
For the past 15 years, Centurion Ministries, Inc. has fought tirelessly to prove that Richard Lapointe was innocent and wrongly convicted of capital murder in Hartford, CT in 1992.
Through two habeas trials and three separate appeals, Centurion’s legal team, Paul Casteleiro, Jim Cousins, Kate Germond, fought to establish the illegality of Richard‘s conviction. The decision of the Connecticut Supreme Court clearly establishes that Centurion was right.
On July 4, 1989, Richard Lapointe, a 42-year old mentally disabled man, was taken from his home and subjected to a grueling interrogation in which the police presented false evidence and lied to him to get him to falsely confess to the murder of his wife’s grandmother two years earlier.
Richard’s false confession was then used by the State of Connecticut to try to get the jury to impose a death sentence on him.
The next step is obtaining Richard’s release. Stay tuned.
1083 Years: Imprisoned for Crimes
They Did Not Commit
Imagine the horror of being convicted and sentenced to life or death for a crime you had nothing to do with. Collectively, our clients have served over a millennium of false imprisonment for the crimes of others. More »
CM is an investigative agency with no religious affiliation. Centurion Ministries' mission is to free from prison those innocent individuals who had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the crimes for which they were convicted and sentenced to either life or death.
While a number of our cases are DNA related, the bulk of Centurion Ministries' work has always been "non-DNA" cases which require a "boots-on-the-ground" street investigation.
Centurion Ministries bears all costs for its indigent clients. We receive no funds from those whom we serve. Centurion Ministries is completely dependent upon contributions and grants from private individuals, foundations, and churches.More »