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Michael Hash Released on Bond

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    Culpeper County's prosecutor is resigning after a federal judge accused him and police of misconduct in the capital murder conviction of a man in the slaying of an elderly woman.Full Story
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For the first time in more than 12 years, Michael Wayne Hash will not spend the night behind prison bars. The once convicted murderer has been given bond and could soon be a totally free man. Wednesday afternoon, Judge Jay Swett released Hash on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Hash will soon be released from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. He will go home to his parents' house until a special prosecutor makes a decision about this case.

Hash was tried and found guilty of killing 74-year-old Thelma Scroggins. Prosecutors claimed Hash and two others shot Scroggins four times in her Lignum home in 1996. Hash was 15 years old at the time.

In 2001, he was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison, even though Culpeper prosecutors had no physical evidence linking him to the crime scene. Hash was convicted based off the testimony of three witnesses including one of the co-defendants. One co-defendant was acquitted and the other pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Last month, U.S. District Judge James C. Turk vacated the capital murder conviction for 30-year-old Hash, citing an inadequate defense and misconduct by the prosecutor and police.

A special prosecutor, Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrough, has been called in to investigate. Morrough has six months to either retry Hash or set him free.

Culpeper County Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Close, who prosecuted Hash in 1996, resigned Tuesday.

On Hash's bond, all agreed it was appropriate. Morrough said, "I thought it was the fair thing to do under the circumstances."

Michael Hash said, "It feels good. It's been a long time coming."

Hash's family gave us the thumbs up as they left court Wednesday afternoon.

Hash will have a review of his case on April 16.

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