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New Trial Date Set For Former Death Row Inmate


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The new trial for former death row inmate Paul House has been set for March 30.

House spent nearly 22 years on death row after he was convicted in the 1985 slaying of Carolyn Muncey in Union County. The U.S. Supreme Court concluded in 2006 evidence that emerged years after his original trial cast doubt on that conviction.

District Attorney Paul Phillips said Monday prosecutors were waiting on a report from the FBI, which is testing fingernail clippings from the victim and cigarette butts submitted in House's first trial to determine if any DNA can be obtained.

A test conducted by a private lab last year showed a hair found in the victim's hand does not match House's or the victim's DNA.

Phillips said a pretrial conference was scheduled Wednesday in Anderson County.

House's attorney Dale Potter did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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