Almost Executed by Mississippi Michelle Byrom is Now Free

Excellent write-up.

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The woman who came very close to being the first woman executed in Mississippi since WWII was set free in the same courtroom she was sentenced to death. Michelle Byrom (left) spent 16 years behind bars, 14 of them on death row for the murder of her husband, Edward Sr. in 1999. Byrom maintains her innocence, but agreed to a plea deal in order to avoid a retrial.  She pled no contest, which means she maintains her innocence but agrees that it is possible for prosecutors to convict her, in exchange for immediate release.  Her plea deal sentence was 20 years with 4 years suspended.In 2014, the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed Byrom’s conviction and ordered a new trial, citing numerous issues with her case.  Byrom’s attorneys failed to present mitigating evidence at her sentencing.  Specifically the fact that she suffered great physical, sexual, and emotional abuse at the hands of her…

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