It turns out the same district attorney who prosecuted Paul House for murder 23 years ago plans to retry him, despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court declared the death row inmate is likely innocent.
Earlier this year, a federal judge ordered the state to either release House or try him again for the murder of Carolyn Muncey. Given that post-conviction DNA evidence proved he didn’t rape the victim after all—essentially gutting the prosecution’s case—a retrial seemed unlikely, not to mention an utter waste of time and money.
But not so fast, says Paul Phillips, district attorney general for Tennessee’s 8th judicial district. Not only does Phillips foresee a retrial within 180 days, he plans once again to handle the prosecution personally.
In the meantime, the inmate—who suffers from advanced multiple sclerosis—will be released to the care of his mother. The state attorney general unsuccessfully fought his release, and at this point does not plan to appeal the matter further.
So what does the House camp think of all this?
“Feel free to try him again. We don’t care, because the next jury that hears this case is going to acquit him,” Stephen Kissinger, the inmate’s federal public defender, told the Scene