Death Row Limbo
Mark Humphrey  /  AP
Death row inmate Paul House at the Louis M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility in Nashville, Tenn., in April.
updated 6/6/2008 1:53:18 PM ET 2008-06-06T17:53:18

A judge set bond at $500,000 for a man who was being retried on a murder charge after spending 22 years on Tennessee's death row.

Paul House was sentenced to death for the 1985 slaying of a young mother.

But in 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded he would not have been convicted based on evidence that emerged years after his trial. Prosecutor Paul Phillips pledged to retry House but won't seek the death penalty.

Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton said he weighed the fact that House has multiple sclerosis and must use a wheelchair. But he also said he had to consider that he has a prior sex crime conviction in Utah.

The inmate's mother said she does not know if she can raise the bail money.

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