Woman who spent 23 years on death row released after questions arise over credibility of case


A woman who has spent the last 23 years on death row has been given her first taste of freedom after her murder conviction was brought into question and she was ordered to be re-tried.

Debra Milke, 49, was jailed and handed a death sentence following the murder of her four-year-old son, Christopher, in 1989.

Police believe she was complicit in the murder after two men, James Styers and Roger Scott, were believed to have shot the boy dead.

She was driven out of the Maricopa County Sherriff’s prison on Friday after her supporters put up the $250,000 (£160,000) bond.

Milke’s conviction was overturned in March, after prosecutors reviewed the evidence against her which had largely rested on an alleged confession she was said to have made to police detective Armando Saldate Jr in an unrecorded interview.

Her release date was scheduled for September 6th, while an impending re-trial has…

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