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Ritchey on US phone threat charge

A Scot who spent two decades on death row has appeared in court in the United States on charges of threatening a judge in a telephone message.

Kenny Richey appeared in court in Ohio on charges of retaliation and violating a protection order.

He pleaded not guilty at Putnam County Common Pleas Court and was held without bail ahead of a trial on May 7.

Richey, 47, returned to Scotland in January 2008 after 21 years in a US prison awaiting execution.

The former marine, who was born to a Scottish mother and American father, walked free in 2008 under a plea deal after a federal court overturned his death sentence.

He had been convicted of starting a fire that killed a toddler.

He now lives in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he was arrested last week.

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