Judge delays Paul House's new trial for 2 months

Judge delays Paul House's new trial for 2 months

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By HANA KIM
6 News Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) -- A judge ruled Wednesday to delay the new trial for former Death Row inmate Paul House by two months, due to pending FBI reports.

The trial will now start on June 1. It was originally scheduled for March 30.

In a pretrial conference held in Anderson County court Wednesday, House's attorney asked Judge John Kerry Blackwood to postpone the trial because final FBI reports are still due on finger nail clippings and some cigarette butts. They're evidence that was submitted in House's first trial.

House's attorney argued that he needs more time to prepare for the new trial because the final report may implicate other suspects.

Judge Blackwood said it's too expensive to keep delaying the case and he didn't want it delayed too long.

However, the defense will be given samples of the victim's blood and a pair of House's blue jeans to have tested before the new trial.

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.

House, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair, was released in July 2008 from prison into his mother's care at her Crossville home pending the new trial.

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