It appears Mechele was free to leave the state Tuesday, and the prosecution never tried to re-indict her.
Without that silly "letter from the grave" and a videotape of some movie, there was simply no case to pursue.
On Feb. 5, 2010, the Alaska Court of Appeals overturned Linehan's conviction. In part, the court concluded it was improper for the trial court to let jurors learn about a “letter from the grave” Leppink wrote to his parents, Kenneth and Betsy Leppink of Shelby, a few days before his death. The letter said Linehan, Carlin or another man were “probably” responsible if Leppink died under “suspicious circumstances.”
Last month, another judge ruled that it was just as improper for a grand jury to hear about that letter, through testimony about it by Betsy Leppink. As a result, the indictment was dismissed.