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Fourth Circuit Affirms Vacation of Wolfe Death Sentence

A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court's decision to overturn a murder-for-hire conviction.

Justin Michael Wolfe learned Thursday that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court ruling that his convictions and sentences related to the death of Daniel Robert Petrole Jr. should not stand, primarily because of the lack of disclosure of exculpatory evidence by the prosecutors.

A Prince William County jury sent Wolfe to death row in 2002 for a murder-for-hire.

Owen Merton Barber IV admitted to killing Petrole in 2001. Barber testified against Wolfe in a 2002 trial, but later recanted his testimony, saying prosecutors and his own defense attorney forced him to testify to escape the death penalty. Barber has stated in federal court that Wolfe had nothing to do with Petrole’s murder.

Patch will update this story with information from the court’s order.

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MindlessMatter August 17, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Justin Wolfe is INNOCENT. What does homelessness have to do with this article? He didn't blame anyone except the person who committed the murder. Bless his Mother's heart who worked tirelessly to get the truth out about her sons case!!!
Bloomie August 17, 2012 at 02:44 PM
And how about the letter sent by Wolfe to the prosecutor?
Dusty Smith August 17, 2012 at 03:26 PM
What letter are you talking about? I'm not aware of the prosecutors producing such a letter.
Dusty Smith August 17, 2012 at 03:30 PM
An inappropriate comment was deleted. Opinions are fine. Keep the language clean.
Bloomie August 17, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I apologize. I was thinking of the Paul Powell murder case where he sent a letter to Ebert detailing the crime after his conviction was overturned.

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