Alaska won't seek 2nd murder indictment against Olympia mom

Alaska won't seek 2nd murder indictment against Olympia mom

Mechele Linehan

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 5:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 7 at 5:59 AM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska  -- Alaska officials say the state has decided against pursuing a second indictment against Mechele Linehan, an Olympia, Wash., woman convicted in 2007 of conspiring to kill a man.

Linehan was released in January after the Alaska Court of Appeals ruled in 2010 that the trial judge wrongly allowed as evidence a letter the victim wrote to his parents before his death implicating Linehan and John Carlin III. Linehan's conviction was overturned and the original indictment was thrown out.

The former Anchorage stripper was convicted of conspiring to kill Kent Leppink, whose body was found on an isolated trail south of Anchorage in 1996.

Prosecutors said the decision to not seek another indictment was made after a careful review.

Carlin was convicted in a separate trial and later killed in prison.

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