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After spending nearly 20 years on death row, a Cumberland County man must receive a partial retrial to decide whether he should indeed be executed for a young woman’s gruesome murder, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The justices limited that retrial for William Howard Housman solely to the death penalty issue. In an opinion by Justice Debra Todd, they rejected his argument that he should receive a new trial regarding his guilt for the October 2000 slaying of Leslie White, an 18-year-old Harrisburg Area Community College student from East Waterford, Juniata County. The state’s highest court weighed in on the case after Houseman, now 44, and county prosecutors both appealed a ruli... Full story

26 March