A Prince William man is scheduled to stand trial again and will once again face the possibility of a death sentence after a federal appeals court vacated his original conviction in August.
Thirty-one-year-old Justin Michael Wolfe has served more than 11 years after being convicted of ordering the killing of Daniel R. Petrole Jr., who was shot outside his home in March 2001. Officials said Wolfe was part of a marijuana ring that included Petrole and Wolfe allegedly owed Petrole money at the time. Last month, the court found the prosecution withheld evidence crucial to the defense during the trial.
Wolfe’s new trial is set to begin October 15. The prosecutors will have the extra challenge of prosecuting a case that is more than a decade old. Additionally, a key witness who is serving time in prison has changed his story several times.
Wolfe will be held without bail until the retrial. The retrial is set to take three weeks.
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