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Prosecutors to pursue Justin Wolfe retrial

Sunday - 11/17/2013, 2:52pm  ET

Wolfe gets new trial, faces new drug charges

WTOP's Kathy Stewart reports

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WASHINGTON - A Chantilly man, who spent about a decade on Virginia's deathrow and was almost set free, will be retried for capital murder and will also face additional charges in the new trial.

The Washington Post reports on Wednesday, a Prince William County circuit court judge told prosecutors they can try Justin Wolfe on drugs charges stemming from the original crime. The drug charges could carry a life sentence.

In 2011, Wolfe's death sentence was overturned after a key witness recanted his testimony and after the Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney was accused of withholding evidence in the case.

A special prosecutor was brought in to retry the case after the Prince William County Commonwealth's attorney recused himself.

Wolfe was sentenced to death in 2002 for ordering the murder of a pot supplier. Prosecutors said Wolfe owed the supplier money.

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