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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 6:05 pm

Defense attorneys Wednesday will ask a Prince William Circuit Court judge to release Justin Wolfe, who is awaiting a retrial on murder and drug charges related to the 2001 death of a Bristow man.

Wolfe is facing charges of capital murder, first-degree murder, drug distribution and using a firearm in commission of a felony for the death of Daniel Petrole, Jr., who was shot outside his Bristow townhouse in 2001, according to online court records.

A judge is slated to hear arguments on a bond motion seeking Wolfe's release.

Prosecutors believe that Wolfe ordered Petrole’s death as part of a large drug enterprise Wolfe ran in Northern Virginia at the time. At Wolfe’s first trial, the gunman, Owen Barber, testified that Wolfe hired him to kill Petrole, but Barber later recanted that testimony.

A jury in Prince William Circuit Court in 2002 convicted Wolfe of capital murder and sentenced him to death.

In 2012, a federal judge vacated Wolfe’s convictions, his death sentence and his sentences on other related charges. The judge ruled that Wolfe should be retried or released.

Prosecutors have decided to retry Wolfe, seeking the death penalty again.

A new trial date has not yet been set and Wolfe is being held at the Prince William-Manassas regional jail.

In an email, Wolfe’s mother, Terri Steinberg said she is hopeful that the judge will grant defense attorney’s motion to release her son on bond.

“My son’s defense team is prepared to present considerable evidence that Justin should be released now, after nearly 13 years in prison, most of it in isolation on death row,” she said. “Hopefully, the trial team will be able to present the considerable evidence that Justin is an ideal candidate for bond – he has a warm and caring family, both nuclear and extended, a good home and the opportunity to work.  There will be ample evidence that he has been an ideal inmate all 13 years with not a single infraction, and evidence that he is not a flight risk.”

The bond hearing is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Prince William Circuit Court.

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  • goo goo doll posted at 5:57 pm on Fri, Jan 24, 2014.

    goo goo doll Posts: 45

    I did not know the victim in this case, but lived just around the corner from him at the time of his murder. It was horrifying! Botched case or not, and whatever role Mr. Wolfe played in this tragedy, IMO he is right where he belongs! 10 plus years locked away is nothing compared to a young life taken senselessly. The victim's mother will no longer get to see her son, so why should Justin's??

  • bugmenot posted at 11:06 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    bugmenot Posts: 448

    Virginia is a Commonwealth and doesn't have a DA's office.

    The reason I said that they are an embarrassment is because they have this guy is on Death Row for a murder that he didn't commit and the person who did commit it has already admitted that he lied to the court to avoid the death penalty himself.

    Also I don't see how you can think that selling weed and not paying taxes is a valid reason to put someone on Death Row?

  • YourMOM posted at 10:53 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    YourMOM Posts: 1

    Guiltyuntilproveninnocent- Sounds like you know him. You are spot on. I grew up with these idiots on weekends. I wouldn't go as far as calling them rich white kids, middle class white kids, yes...He is guilty, I know he is. He has a bunch of stupid friends that still think he is innocent. Owen, the one who actually murdered Danny, would not have just gone off and killed someone. Justin was the boss. Everyone knows this. Rot in jail and suck it up like a man. HE IS GUILTY If he didn't want to spend his life in prison or fighting to get out of it, he probably shouldn't have made a plan to erase his debt by murdering Danny. He is right where he belongs. It is a shame the idiots who were in charge of prosecuting has to lie and screw everything up.

  • Cecily posted at 10:36 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    Cecily Posts: 61

    I agree 100% but the prosecutors didn't behave above board on this case so they only have themselves to blame for possibly letting this murdering rich boy go free. As Mini Duck just commented below they just handed down a child-murdering, torturing abusing rich girl a 5 year sentence when she should be executed so go figure.

  • guiltyuntilproveninnocent posted at 9:36 pm on Tue, Jan 14, 2014.

    guiltyuntilproveninnocent Posts: 63

    bugmenot - how is the DA'a office an embarrassment?! they took a common hoodlum, thug, drug dealer, tax evader and murderer off the streets for many years and hopefully the remainder of his life. drug dealers and murderers are the scorn of this earth and he deserves everything resulting from his prior actions. wolfe has managed to screw us all financially by working the system and further abusing our tax money. his mommy keeps coming to his aid because her poor little boy couldn't possibly have dealt drugs or been responsible for murdering someone let along all the other major and petty crimes he committed.........

  • Mini Duck posted at 3:40 pm on Tue, Jan 14, 2014.

    Mini Duck Posts: 47

    This man has been behind bars for 13 years for murder and drugs, wow, it's a damm shame that he gets more time than the B Otch that took a little innocent 23 month old boy's life. Shame on PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY for not having any concern or value for that little boy that suffered at the hands of her. I hope someone does to her what she did to him, only she needs to suffer more!!!!!!

  • bugmenot posted at 12:28 pm on Tue, Jan 14, 2014.

    bugmenot Posts: 448

    Justin Wolfe is the country's prosecutors biggest embarrassment in modern history.


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