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Judge orders release of former death-row inmate

Federal court tells Virginia to free former death row prisoner within 10 days

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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 12:00 am

A federal judge Wednesday ordered the release within 10 days of former death row inmate Justin Wolfe who was convicted of the 2001 murder-for-hire of Daniel Petrole Jr.

In addition, U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson barred any retrial of Wolfe for Petrole’s death that would require the testimony of Owen Barber IV, the triggerman and key witness in Wolfe’s 2002 Prince William County trial.

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