September 6th, 2013
07:54 PM ET

Arizona woman once on death row goes free

For the first time in well over a decade - and months since a federal judge overturned her murder conviction - Debra Milke is free.

A short time after the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office indicated she would be leaving, video showed someone who appeared to be Milke being driven away Friday from the Lower Buckeye Jail in Phoenix. Sheriff's office spokesman Brandon Jones subsequently confirmed that Milke had been released.

A jury convicted Milke of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, child abuse and kidnapping on October 12, 1990, less than a year after her 4-year-old son was found dead. She was sentenced to death a few months later.

But this March, a federal judge tossed Milke's conviction after her ruling she did not receive a fair trial.

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  1. chrissy

    They let her go? This is insane.

    September 7, 2013 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. piankie

    Our court system needs an overhaul.

    September 7, 2013 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Until the late 1950s, I usually assumed that police offices did not lie.
    As for this mother, there seems to be no proof that she killed her child. If one has no proof, there can be no conviction.

    September 7, 2013 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You are correct, JIF. The detective, Armando Saldate, had a history of fabrication.
      They intend to retry her. I hope they have better evidence than the word of one lying detective that didn't record the interview. Her life depends on it.

      September 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Damn. How many times do i have to post not me @ 9:06 before you delete THAT post and not just my disclaimer!

    September 7, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J.R.

    Well now chrissy, I don't know how many times as per year question, but I would imagine a sizable number, honey. Have a wonderful Sunday.

    September 8, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Lol @ JR, i suspect you're given the fact the very person deleting posts is in all likelyhood the same person doing the hijacking and trolling.

    September 8, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Meant to add "correct" after suspect you're.

    September 8, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |