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Published September 05, 2013, 02:33 PM

Judge allows release of Ariz. woman in son's death

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge is allowing an Arizona woman to be released on bail as she awaits retrial in the 1989 killing of her young son, a case that had her on death row since 1990 until her conviction was overturn this year.

By: Paul Davenport, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge is allowing an Arizona woman to be released on bail as she awaits retrial in the 1989 killing of her young son, a case that had her on death row since 1990 until her conviction was overturn this year.

Judge Rosa Mroz (m-roz) of Maricopa County Superior Court set bond for Debra Milke at $250,000.

The judge's order Thursday says there's no direct evidence linking Milke with the death of her 4-year-old son other than a purported confession, and that the validity of that confession is in doubt.

A federal appeals court overturned Milke's conviction, ruling that the prosecution should've disclosed information about the truthfulness of the since-retired detective who testified that Milke confessed.

Defense attorney Michael Kimerer did not immediately respond to queries about when Milke could be released.


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