Palin’s Anchorage, Alaska, is home to John Carlin and Mechele Hughes Linehan. Carlin was convicted of conspiring with Mechele Linehan in 1996. Carlin allegedly killed Linehan’s fiancé, Kent Leppink. Prosecutors claimed Linehan conspired with Carlin to kill Leppink because she thought she would get some insurance money. Carlin had maintained he was innocent of the murder charge. The jury convicted him and the judge sentenced him.
Carlin was serving his sentence of 99 years in prison when he was discovered dead on Mon., Oct 27, 2008. The Alaska Department of Corrections spokesman said John Carlin was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Carlin was allegedly murdered. Carlin was beaten up three times while housed in prison. Carlin died after the third assault on Oct 27, 2008.
Michele Hughes Linehan was arrested in 2006. By then, Linehan had left Alaska (after the death of Leppink in 1996) and settled in Washington, where she married a doctor. She had children.
In 2007, Mechele Linehan was tried and convicted for conspiracy in the murder of Kent Leppink. Linehan was sentenced to serve 99 years in prison in April 2008. Linehan’s lawyers filed an appeal of her conviction.
The Alaska Court of Appeals overturned her conviction on Friday, Aug 6 2010. However, Linehan remains jailed until the court grants a bail hearing.
The State of Alaska may petition the Alaska Supreme Court to review the appellate court’s decision, or give Linehan a new trial.
Mechele Hughes Linehan and Kent Leppink.
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