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Culpeper Sheriff Steers Clear of Murder Case Details

March 19, 2012

Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins said Sunday he cannot discuss specifics about his role in a capital murder case in which a federal court overturned the defendant's conviction.

The Star-Exponent reports that Jenkins had planned to field questions about the case at a community meeting Sunday. Instead, he noted that special prosecutor Raymond F. Morrogh had "strongly advised" him not to discuss details and that he planned to heed the advice.

Jenkins did say "there is nothing I've ever done in that investigation that was unethical and I have nothing to hide."

Last month, a federal judge threw out the 2002 conviction of Michael Wayne Hash in the slaying of 74-year-old Thelma Scroggins in 1996. The judge cited extreme police and prosecutorial misconduct.

Jenkins was the lead investigator in the case. He was elected sheriff last November.

Hash was released from prison and remains free on bond while a special prosecutor determines whether he will be retried.

Culpeper's commonwealth's attorney resigned last week amid outrage about his handling of Hash's case.

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