January 17, 2013

Court rejects appeal by Brunswick teen killer

The Associated Press

BUCKSPORT — Maine's highest court has rejected an appeal from a construction worker who's serving a 47-year sentence for the 2002 bludgeoning death of a Brunswick teenager.

Olland Reese of Bowdoin was convicted of murder for killing 16-year-old Cody Green with the blunt end of a hatchet. The teenage girl was buried behind Reese's mother's home, and her body was wrapped in a futon sheet from Reese's bed.

The 29-year-old Reese sought a new trial based on new DNA evidence. Reese's attorney argued that a lower court judge erred by denying his post-conviction motion for a new trial.

On Thursday, the supreme court said Reese failed to show that the DNA evidence, when included with other evidence, would've likely led a jury to a different conclusion.

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