updated 6/15/2009 5:01:52 PM ET 2009-06-15T21:01:52

A federal judge in Newark, N.J., has cleared the way for a man convicted of two murders more than two decades ago to be freed from prison.

Paul Kamienski's 1987 double-murder conviction for killing a man and his wife during a drug deal was reversed last month when a federal appeals court panel ruled the evidence wasn't enough to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler said Kamienski could be released on bond. Kamienski must report to authorities once a week while the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office seeks to have his conviction reinstated.

Kamienski was one of three men convicted for the 1983 murders. He has served more than 20 years in prison.

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