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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