A civil rights lawsuit that stemmed from the Michael Wayne Hash case in Culpeper County has been dismissed. All charges have been dropped against six people, including former Culpeper Commonwealth’s Attorney Gary Close and current Sheriff Scott Jenkins. Hash was convicted in 2001 of the murder of Thelma Scroggins of Lignum, and he remained behind bars until two years ago. That’s when Federal Judge James Turk overturned his conviction. Hash (pictured) says he looks forward moving on with his life, and he thanks his family and friends for their support. Close says he was committed to a fair prosecution of criminal suspects during his career as Commonwealth’s Attorney. Close has noted he disagrees with Judge Turk’s overturning of the conviction.
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