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Special prosecutor named for 1996 Va. slaying

Thursday - 3/8/2012, 9:58am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - A special prosecutor will decide whether to retry a man in the 1996 slaying of a Culpeper woman.

Media outlets report that a circuit judge appointed Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrough as special prosecutor this week.

Morrough says the case is his top priority.

Last month, a federal judge overturned Michael Wayne Hash's 2001 capital murder conviction. U.S. District Judge James C. Turk cited prosecutorial misconduct and said Hash's trial lawyers failed to provide an adequate defense.

Hash was one of three people charged in the death of 74-year-old Thelma Scroggins, who was beaten and shot in her home. Hash was 15 at the time.

One co-defendant was acquitted and the other pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

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