For Immediate Release - August 23, 2011

Toolan Reversal

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that the Supreme Judicial Court has overturned the guilty verdict of Thomas Toolan III. Toolan was found guilty of First Degree Murder in the 2004 stabbing death of Elizabeth Lochtefeld of New York and Nantucket.

In reversing the June, 2007, conviction, the Court found that prospective jurors were not questioned thoroughly enough by the trial court to insure that they did not harbor any bias against Mr. Toolan resulting from prejudicial pretrial publicity.

As a result of the reversal of his conviction, Mr. Toolan will be returned to the Nantucket Superior Court after 28 days have elapsed to again stand trial for Ms. Lochtefeld's murder.