DA fights releasing inmate House before new death penalty trial

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A prosecutor says death row inmate Paul House will have a new murder trial and the state will again seek the death penalty.

District Attorney General Paul Phillips, who tried House for the 1985 murder of an East Tennessee woman, told a U.S. District Judge in Nashville on Thursday that the inmate would be a danger to others if he is released from prison.

House, who has spent more than 20 years on death row, was at the hearing in a wheelchair because he has multiple sclerosis.

U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice heard medical testimony about House's health but didn't immediately decide on releasing the inmate.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that the jury that convicted House didn't hear testimony that could have exonerated him.

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