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Judge: Justin Wolfe to be Released Thursday

Federal courts previously vacated Wolfe's conviction related to the 2001 murder of Daniel Robert Petrole Jr.

A circuit court judge in Prince William County has ordered the release of Justin Michael Wolfe at 5 p.m. Thursday pending a stay from federal courts.

Wolfe was sentenced for the 2001 murder of Daniel Robert Petrole Jr., but that conviction was vacated by the federal courts after trigger man Owen Merton Barber IV in November 2010 recanted his 2002 trial testimony that Wolfe ordered the murder. 

The state has filed an appeal to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals as well as a motion to vacate the federal order of Wolfe's release. In addition, special prosecutor Ray Morrogh indicated that if the appeals court denies the request, the state plans to to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Unless the federal courts step in, Wolfe will be released Thursday.

Click here to read more about the judge's decision. 


For all previous coverage of the Justin Wolfe case, click here.

Correction: A previous version of this story listed the incorrect day Wolfe will be released. 

Joe Bagadonuts January 02, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Yikes! I highly recommend that you immediately settle any outstanding debts with Mr. Wolfe. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Mary Stachyra Lopez January 02, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Here is a link to the updated story with all information about today's hearing: http://woodbridge-va.patch.com/articles/without-federal-stay-wolfe-to-be-released
Bridget Dempsey January 03, 2013 at 08:02 PM
The state cannot ever repay him for what they stole from him or his family
Eryn January 03, 2013 at 09:32 PM
I'm glad to hear he's finally coming home

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