For Immediate Release - August 20, 2014

Vacher Murder Conviction Affirmed

            Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe announced today that the Supreme Judicial Court has affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of Robert Vacher.  In November, 2011, Vacher was convicted in the December, 2008, shooting and stabbing death of Jordan Mendes in Hyannis.

            In the appeal, the Supreme Judicial Court rejected Vacher’s claims that he was entitled to suppression of his statement to the police and the evidence found in his silver BMW.  The Court also found that Vacher was not prejudiced by testimony given at his trial by immunized witnesses.

            Vacher is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

            The trial was prosecuted by former Assistant District Attorney Lisa F. Edmonds.  The appeal was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Julia K. Holler.