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Woman to be executed for a murder that her son allegedly confessed to committing on four different occasions

Woman To Be Executed For Murder Son Confessed To Four Times


The state of Mississippi has moved to execute its first female death row prisoner in 70 years.

According to WXVT, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood requested earlier this week that Michelle Byrom be executed by lethal injection.

The state Supreme Court has the final say on executions, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, so if it confirms the date, Byrom will be the first woman to be put to death in Mississippi since 1944.

According to the Jackson Free Press, Byrom was given the death penalty back in Nov. 2000 for the murder of her husband. He was found shot to death in his home in June 1999 while Byrom was in the hospital with double pneumonia.

But there's a lot of evidence that suggests Byrom is innocent and deserves a stay of execution, the most glaring of it all the fact that Byrom's son has confessed four times to murdering his father, who was reportedly abusive to both his son and wife, as The Atlantic points out.

The Jackson Free Press published three letters smuggled to Byrom's jail cell in which Edward Byrom Jr. owned up to the killing. He also reportedly confessed once again to a court-appointed psychologist.

But a jury has never heard any of his confessions. CNN reports Byrom's inexperienced defense attorneys never had the confession letters entered into evidence. So Byrom's son took a plea deal in exchange for a reduced prison sentence and testified against his mother.

Byrom was convicted based on the theory that she, her son and one of his friends had paid someone to kill her husband so they could collect his life insurance money. She was the alleged mastermind.

But, as The Clarion-Ledger points out, Byrom only admitted guilt when police asked her if she was going to let her son take the blame for the murder.

And now, Edward Byrom Jr. is a free man, while his mother could be living some of her last days.

If Michelle Byrom is executed, she will be the fifth woman put to death in the past 10 years. But the Mississippi Supreme Court might not let that happen.

A former state Supreme Court justice told CNN, "The majority of Mississippians support the death penalty because they think that people get fair trials and they think that they have competent attorneys representing them. In this case, she didn't have either one."

No word on when the state Supreme Court will announce their decision on Byrom's case.

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quincy_maxwell March 26 2014 at 9:28 PM

So much for our "Christian" nation. Thou shall not kill. Ha !
Glad I'm agnostic.

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Erbie's March 27 2014 at 9:32 AM

I am from Mississippi, she got rooked but good. A "baby" lawyer given to her for a death sentence, come on. As soon as the son admitted it, right or wrong, should have brought a judical review no questions asked. Note I don't know if she is guilty or innocent but she got a bad day in court and if executed it is a horrible day in court. She deserves another trial with a compentent lawyer.

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Elizabeth Erbie's March 27 2014 at 9:42 AM

Were there no appeals? In most places, if the death penalty is imposed, that would be automatic. This article leaves out more information than it provides.

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nascar4janet March 26 2014 at 10:05 PM

This is sad. Why was she found guilty if there was other information that made it a reasonable doubt. The husband was abusive was that brought in to the trial. If we are going to kill her don't you think there should be NO DOUBT she did it?

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JerryG March 26 2014 at 10:10 PM

Mississippi justice.

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invest7205 March 26 2014 at 10:11 PM

Why do some people get the death penalty and others can murder and only get a few years behind bars. Makes no sense.

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angel1roc9 March 26 2014 at 10:12 PM

FREE HER..... Sounds all Botched up... to me.

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conank226 March 26 2014 at 10:17 PM

Guilty beyond a reasonable doubt? Clearly not in this case. They shouldn't even be thinking about executing this woman. I wonder what her son must be thinking right now.

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katminpin3 March 26 2014 at 10:21 PM

From what I understand he was abusive. Sometimes people can not take it anymore. I have no sympathy for her husband. I feekl he derved what he got.

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Still March 27 2014 at 9:10 AM

The question is did they agree to have him killed.

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lucas221972 March 27 2014 at 8:30 AM

okay the son confessed but took a plea and testifyed against his mom?what kind of person is this 2 the father was abusive it says this should be self defense and what kind of lawyer did she have not entering the letters into ivedience??

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Elizabeth lucas221972 March 27 2014 at 9:48 AM

It is not self-defense if she is not in imminent danger.

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