Judge hears motions in retrial of capital case

by AP posted Dec 18 2012 4:44PM
     MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - A judge is weighing whether prosecutors acted improperly by making a jailhouse visit to their one-time star witness in a death-penalty case.
     Lawyers for Justin Wolfe argued Tuesday that Prince William County prosecutors were trying to intimidate triggerman Owen Barber into testifying for the government again. They want a judge to sanction prosecutors by tossing out the charges against Wolfe.
     Wolfe was convicted in 2002 of hiring Barber to kill another drug dealer. But last year a federal judge overturned Wolfe's conviction and said prosecutors deliberately withheld evidence that may have helped Wolfe. The judge ordered a new trial.
     Prosecutors say the jailhouse visit to Wolfe was proper. Barber has changed his story several times but most recently said he falsely implicated Wolfe to get a better plea deal.
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Judge hears motions in retrial of capital case
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