- Death Row Debbie’s’ conviction due in part because of detective lying under oath
- Judge decided to believe police officer over mom of four-year-old son
- Milke would have been the first woman executed in Arizona since the 1930s
- Prosecutors failed to disclose lead detective, who claimed he obtained a confession, had past misconduct issues
An Arizona mother who had spent 22 years on death row after being found guilty of murdering her four-year-old son is set to be released.
Debra Jean Milke’s guilty verdict was overturned earlier this year – but now prosecutors have failed to file an expected appeal meaning she will be released in just weeks.
Known as Death Row Debbie, 48-year-old Debra Jean Milke’s was found guilty in 1989 for the gruesome slaying of her toddler son Christopher who was shot three times in the back of the head and dumped in the desert.
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