Bond reduced for Tennessee death row inmate Paul House

MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former death row inmate Paul House may finally leave prison after a judge reduced the bond in his retrial from $500,000 to $100,000.

House spent 22 years on Tennessee's death row after he was convicted in the 1985 slaying of Carolyn Muncey in Union County.

A federal judge ordered prosecutors to retry or free House after the U.S. Supreme Court questioned his conviction.

House will be required to be under house arrest at his mother's home until his new trial.

Special Judge John Kerry Blackwood acknowledged that House had a previous sexual conviction, but said that he did not appear to be a flight risk because of his multiple sclerosis.

Under conditions of the bond, House will be monitored 24 hours a day and will have to register as a sex offender.

Blackwood was appointed after Judge Shayne Sexton in Union County recused himself.

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

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 30, 2008 at 02:19 PM
    Just hang him. Who really cares if he did it or not?
  • by Pam Location: Knoxville on Jun 28, 2008 at 11:54 AM
    I pray that the turth can prevail in this case and not have anyone's pride getting in the way of of Justice. Dna in this case has proved him innocent. People have told before a court Judge under oath that Mr.Muncey admitted to the murder. The Man has served 22 years I feel for the WOMAN in Utah But she was asked to testify on the matter and declined. This happened in 1980 Paul has served his time in this matter He Has M.S. and for the rest of his life will have it. He can not do anything by himself and In my opinion he is not a threat to anyone. I have compassion for him and Hope the State of Tennessee does the right thing.
  • by Concerned Location: Knoxville on Jun 28, 2008 at 09:44 AM
    While I have compassion for this ill man, he was on parole (which means he was convicted)for knife point rape of two women when charged with the Muncey murder. With his guilt of the Muncey murder still unknown, he is guilty of rape and kidnapping. I'm relieved he doesn't live in my neighborhood.


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