Tennessee death row inmate House granted $500,000 bond

MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge has set bond at half a million dollars for a man who is being retried on a murder charge after spending 22 years on Tennessee's death row.

Paul House was sentenced to death for slaying of a young mother.

But in 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded he would not have been convicted based on evidence that emerged years after his trial. Prosecutor Paul Phillips has pledged to retry House but won't seek the death penalty again.

Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton said at a bond hearing Friday in Maynardville that he considered the physical condition of House, who has multiple sclerosis and must use a wheelchair.

But Sexton also said he considered House's sex crime conviction in Utah.

The inmate's mother, Joyce House, said after the hearing she didn't know if she could raise the amount.

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


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