A Prince William County prosecutor says his office is preparing to retry a former death row inmate whose conviction was overturned on accusations of government misconduct.
Justin Wolfe was recently released from Virginia’s death row and transferred to the Manassas jail. He had been sentenced to death for a drug-related slaying in 2001.
Earlier this year, though, a federal judge tossed out his conviction and death sentence. A federal appeals court said prosecutors wrongly withheld information from Wolfe’s lawyers that would have helped him at trial.
At a status hearing Monday in Manassas, a judge set a Friday bail hearing for Wolfe. After the hearing, senior Prince William prosecutor Rick Conway told reporters that preparations are under way for a retrial.
Earlier coverage of Justin Wolfe's case begins at the link.
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