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Decision Due on Hash Retrial

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UPDATE:  The charges against Michael Hash have been dropped.  Hash appeared in Culpeper County Circuit Court Monday morning.  The special prosecutor says they are still collecting evidence but they can't prosecute Hash at this time.


Michael Hash, the man convicted of killing Thelma Scroggins, will find out Monday morning if he will be officially set free.

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

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.

In February, 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. In March, Judge Jay Swett released Hash on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

A special prosecutor has been re-evaluating the case and will give his decision Monday about whether or not he will try to retry Hash. Hash's family says that they are "hopeful that this nightmare will end for us on Monday."

Hash's hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. in Culpeper County Circuit Court.

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