Woman held in West Mich. man’s killing freed in Alaska

A woman imprisoned in Alaska for a West Michigan man's death 15 years ago is a free woman for now.
AP Wire
Jan 20, 2012


Within hours of having her bail dismissed Tuesday, KTUU-TV reported that Mechele Linehan was aboard a plane and headed to Olympia, Wash.

Linehan was convicted in 2007 of conspiring to kill Kent Leppink of Shelby, in Michigan’s Oceana County. He was shot on an isolated trail south of Anchorage in 1996.

Prosecutors said Linehan was inspired by watching the 1994 movie “The Last Seduction,” in which a femme fatale coaxes her lover into killing her husband. 

The Alaska Court of Appeals ruled in 2010 the trial judge wrongly let that connection be made, and the indictment was thrown out in December.

Prosecutors are considering seeking new charges.


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