Murder charge against Hash dropped in Culpeper


Michael Wayne Hash
Michael Wayne Hash hugged his mother, Pam Hash, after thanking her for helping prove his innocence, while his father, Jeff, tried to control tears.
By: Bill McKelway | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Published: August 20, 2012

CULPEPER, Va. — A murder charge against Michael Wayne Hash, whose 2001 capital conviction was overturned by a federal judge in February, was dropped this morning at the request of a special prosecutor.

Judge Susan Whitlock approved the motion by Raymond F. Morrogh, the Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney who reported on his investigation so far into the 1996 slaying of Thelma B. Scroggins.

The move to not prosecute the charge means that Hash will remain free, although an investigation is continuing, Morrogh told the court.

“He’s a totally free individual,” Morrogh said.

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