PORTSMOUTH-For the first time in more than two decades, David Boyce is breathing the fresh air of freedom.

He was released on bond Friday after a federal judge overturned his capital murder conviction for the 1990 stabbing death of his friend Timothy Askew at a Newport News motel.

Defense David Koropp said a condition of Boyce's release from the Hampton Roads Regional Jail is that he can't leave Virginia.

He also said he and the special prosecutor agreed to a 180-day deadline, two months longer than required by law, to decide whether to retry Boyce.

Instrumental in the federal judge's decision to vacate Boyce's conviction was that some evidence was withheld.

Koropp said Boyce and his family are in seclusion and didn't want to talk about the case.

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