Thomas Mitchell Appeal 

The Supreme Court also heard an appeal from the attorney of Thomas Mitchell.The South Portland man is serving a life sentence for the 1983 rape and murder of Judith Flagg in her Fayette home.Police connected Mitchell to the crime using DNA evidence. He was arrested in 2006 while in prison serving time for kidnapping, rape and attempted murder.Mitchell’s attorney James Strong argued the court should have allowed him to introduce evidence of an alternate suspect.”The issue, the evidence that we were not allowed, involved eye witness evidence. It involved credibility and it involved the traditional standard evidence that traditionally the courts have always allowed and considered.””The court has been quite clear that in order to introduce evidence, the defendant must reasonably establish the connection between the alternate perpetrator and the crime through admissible evidence.” The state says the defense could not make any reasonable connection between another suspect and the crime.The Supreme Court is expected to take several weeks before making a decision on the appeals.