PITTSBURGH (AP) -- May 26, 2012
A western Pennsylvania man freed from prison after 25 years last fall after a federal judge said he was wrongfully convicted of a 1977 double murder will be allowed to live on his own in Florida until his retrial.
Fifty-nine-year-old David Munchinski was released on bail in September to live with his daughter near Tampa. But The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard says Chief Magistrate Judge Lisa Lenihan on May 18 granted a motion allowing Munchinski to live on his own after no one from the attorney general's office objected.
Munchinski was sentenced to life in prison in the December 1977 slayings of James Alford and Raymond Gierke in Fayette County's Bears Rocks. But the judge reversed the convictions in August, saying prosecutors had committed "outrageous misconduct" by withholding evidence.