Woman Once on Death Row Freed Pending New Trial
Arizona's Debra Milke was convicted in murder of her 4-year-old son
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2013 6:21 PM CDT
In this Aug. 1, 2013, photo, Debra Milke listens to a judge in court.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Debra Milke spent more than two decades on death row in Arizona, but she is no longer behind bars as of this afternoon, reports CNN. She walked out of the Maricopa County jail after supporters put up a $250,000 bond. The 49-year-old isn't in the clear, however. She faces a new murder trial and another possible death sentence over the 1990 slaying of her 4-year-old son. Today's release follows the overturning of her murder conviction earlier this year. Now she'll be free to prepare for the new trial.

In 1990, Milke's roommate and another man were convicted of shooting her son in the desert. But prosecutors alleged that Milke was in on the plot to collect an insurance payout. The only evidence against her was the testimony of a detective who says she confessed. Milke denies it, and the detective in question has a long history of lying under oath—a fact the original jury didn't know. Hence, the March decision to overturn her conviction. Milke's mother is German, and the case is being closely followed in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, reports AP.

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Greatminds2012
Sep 9, 2013 10:26 AM CDT
Don't let this woman go free.
I_hate_to_say
Sep 7, 2013 4:34 PM CDT
Maricopa county -- home of the corrupt Sheriff Joe Arpaio regime and ruthless prosecutors like Noel Levy who used the so-called confession (unsigned, unrecorded, and unwitnessed) by the accused to a lone detective, known to be corrupt but not revealed to the jury ( Armando Saldate, Jr.) This same team also framed and convicted Roy Krone who was the 100th wrongly convicted man to be freed from U.S. prisons in recent years. There was no insurance policy motive -- a $5,000 employee benefit package policy would barely cover funeral costs. Debra had worked for insurance companies and could have obtained a much bigger policy if she planned such a heinous crime. Prosecutor Levy manipulated and distorted all the facts. The shocking story of Debra's ordeal is found on the website established by Debra Jean Milke's family, friends, and supporters. http://www.debbiemilke.com/
No-Left-Turn
Sep 7, 2013 7:47 AM CDT
Prosecutors try to convict at all costs. Defense attorneys try to get their clients acquitted, regardless of guilt. Guilty people get off and innocent people get convicted based on the better performing attorney. I could never be a part of such a perverted system.