Former death row inmate Paul House out on bond

Former death row inmate Paul House out on bond

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Paul House leaving the DeBerry Special Needs Facility Paul House leaving the DeBerry Special Needs Facility
"I thought about it for years. I never thought it would happen," House says. "I thought about it for years. I never thought it would happen," House says.
"It's a relief because I have him with me," Joyce House says. "It's a relief because I have him with me," Joyce House says.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY (WATE) -- After more than 22 years as a death row inmate, Paul House, 46, was released from prison on bond Wednesday morning.

His mother, Joyce House, said an anonymous donor paid his $100,000 bond. She and House's attorney, Dale Potter, picked him up in Nashville where he was being held at the DeBerry Special Needs Facility in Nashville.

One of the people seeing House off at he was loaded into an SUV gave him a "Free Paul House" T-shirt. His mother wore one, too.

At his mother's home in Cumberland County, House was pushed in his wheelchair up a ramp built for his use. He suffers from advanced multiple sclerosis.

When asked if he can believe the events of this day, House says, "I thought about it for years. I never thought it would happen."

His mother says, "It's a relief because I have him with me."

House says one thing he missed is his mother's cooking. He had chili verde and for dessert, one of her cherry pies.

The pair says for now, they're focusing on the Fourth of July, House's favorite holiday.

A judge reduced House's bond from $500,000 to $100,000 in a court hearing on June 27. 

House was on death row from 1986 until earlier in June for the slaying of Carolyn Muncey, a young mother in Union County.

At the time of the murder, House was on parole for raping two women at knife point in separate incidents in Utah.

But in 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded House would not have been convicted based on DNA evidence that emerged years after his trial.

House has some restrictions while he's out on bond.

He must live with his mother in Cumberland County. He'll be on house arrest and can only leave his home for medical treatment, court appearances and to meet with his attorney.

Plus, his attorney must tell the court when and where the meetings will be held.

House also has to wear an electronic monitoring device and register on the state's sexual offender registry. 

The judge ordered House to allow a paramedic at his bond reduction hearing to swab his mouth and take blood for DNA evidence to be used in his new trial, which is due to begin on October 14. 

A motions hearing will be held on August 1. The DNA test results may be back in September.

District Attorney Paul Phillips is now seeking life without parole instead of the death sentence.

6 News Anchor/Reporter Erica Estep and Reporter Kristyn Hentschel contributed to this report.

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