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Justin Wolfe Will Remain In Jail Until Hearing

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A federal appeals court has intervened to halt the release of a capital murder defendant who had been slated to go free, according to the Associated Press.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Thursday granted a stay sought by Virginia's attorney general. The move delays an order from a federal judge for the unconditional release of Justin Wolfe, who is facing death-penalty charges for the 2001 slaying of a northern Virginia drug dealer. 

The district court judge had said the state's prosecution of Wolfe was irreparably harmed by prosecutors' misconduct in allegedly coercing testimony from a key witness. Prosecutors say they acted properly. 

The appeals court in Richmond plans to hear the issue in full at the end of the month. 

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