Ailing death row inmate gets appeal hearing Thursday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A hearing for ailing death row inmate Paul House will be held Thursday in federal court.

U.S. District Court Judge Harry Mattice Jr. will consider whether House will be released pending his appeal.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2006 the jury that convicted House of killing a Union County woman did not hear testimony that could have exonerated him.

House, 46, who has multiple sclerosis and is in a wheelchair, was sentenced to death after he was convicted of the 1985 murder of Carolyn Muncey, a young mother who lived near him in rural Luttrell, about 25 miles north of Knoxville.

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Information from: The Tennessean, www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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