Raymond Tempest released back to home confinement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Raymond “Beaver” Tempest was briefly back behind bars as he awaits a new trial for the murder of a Woonsocket woman 35 years ago.

Tempest was arrested last week after he tested positive for the opioid suboxone, for which he did not have a prescription, according to Amy Kempe, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office. As this was a violation of the terms of Tempest’s bail, a judge on Friday ordered him held.

Kempe on Monday said the judge allowed Tempest to return to home confinement due to conflicting results of one of the urine tests. Additional testing is now being conducted, according to Kempe.

Tempest, who is accused of killing Doreen Picard in 1982, is scheduled to be retried next February. A jury originally found Tempest guilty of second-degree murder in 1991. Two years ago, a judge ruled Tempest did not receive a fair trial and overturned his conviction.

Tempest has long maintained his innocence.