PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island man whose 1992 murder conviction was overturned has returned to home confinement, following a brief trip back to prison while authorities determined if he violated his bail.
The state attorney general’s office said Tuesday 64-year-old Raymond Tempest returned home due to conflicting urine test results.
The office says Tempest had been ordered held without bail on Friday for testing positive for an opioid he doesn’t have a prescription for, suboxone. Additional testing is being conducted.
Tempest was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1982 death of 22-year-old Doreen Picard. He was sentenced to 85 years in prison but has always maintained his innocence.
Tempest’s conviction was vacated in 2015. The judge found police and prosecutors suppressed key details about changed witness statements and didn’t disclose evidence.
He’s scheduled to be retried in February.