Carlisle woman facing retrial in 1972 arson case granted bail

Carlisle woman facing retrial in 1972 arson case granted bail

CARLISLE - A Carlisle woman may be back home in the borough after she was granted unsecured bail during a bail hearing Friday in the retrial of a 1972 arson case.

Letitia Smallwood has been housed at State Correctional Institution-Muncy for the past 40 years in connection with a conviction of a double-fatal arson that took place in Carlisle in 1972.

This week, Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas Judge Edward Guido ordered a retrial in the case.

On Friday, Smallwood had a bail hearing, in which bail was set at $20,000 unsecured.

There are also a number of conditions set in her release, according to attorney. Smallwood will stay at her aunt's home in Carlisle, have bi-weekly check-ins with parole and can't leave the state, though she can travel within the state.

Her attorney said she is hopeful Smallwood will be released soon, though it is unlikely to happen Friday. Lycoming County must also allow the release after considering charges associated with Smallwood's time at SCI-Muncy in that county.

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