CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – A federal judge has given Tennessee until June 17 to retry or free a death row inmate who the U.S. Supreme Court said two years ago likely isn't guilty.
Paul House has been in limbo while a prosecutor battles efforts to have him retried.
Federal judges have done as the high court ordered and reviewed his murder case. They concluded new evidence raises reasonable doubt about the 46-year-old's guilt.
House entered state prison in February 1986 with a death sentence for the 1985 slaying of Carolyn Muncey. The young mother of two's badly beaten body was found near her home in eastern Tennessee. But House adamantly maintains he did not kill her.
The Supreme Court concluded in June 2006 that reasonable jurors wouldn't have convicted House if they had seen DNA tests.