Court delays Mississippi's first execution of female inmate in 70 years


spaminator
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Court delays Mississippi's first execution of female inmate in 70 years
Emily Le Coz, REUTERS
First posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:53 PM EDT | Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014 06:21 PM EDT
JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi woman convicted of murdering her husband was granted at least a brief reprieve on Thursday but could still become the first female prisoner executed in the state in 70 years.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood had asked the state Supreme Court to set the execution of Michelle Byrom, 57, for Thursday night for the fatal shooting of her husband, Edward Byrom Sr. in 1999.
But the court denied Hood's motion to carry out the execution, giving her attorneys hope the court will take up their motion to seek permission to file additional appeals.
Byrom says she suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse by her husband and was hospitalized with pneumonia the day he died in what prosecutors alleged was a murder-for-hire scheme to collect insurance money.
Defence attorneys hope the court will consider evidence that Byrom's son was responsible for the murder.
"It appears they are looking deeply into the issues raised," said Jackson defence attorney David Voisin, who is consulting with Byrom's legal team on her case. "We are cautiously optimistic at this point."
It is relatively rare for women to be executed in the United States. In February, a Texas woman became the 14th female inmate put to death in the country since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, compared to about 1,400 men executed in that time.
Byrom is one of two women out of 50 inmates on death row in Mississippi, according to the state's Department of Corrections.
Prosecutors said Byrom hired her son's friend, Joey Gillis, to shoot her husband. They argued her son's only role was to secure the weapon and dispose of it.
Michelle Byrom confessed to the crime. But she now says she was just trying to protect her son, Edward Byrom Jr., who testified against her in exchange for a lesser charge.
The jury that found Michelle Byrom guilty never heard from a state-appointed forensic psychologist who told the judge before trial that the son had admitted to the murder, according to Voisin. The judge also withheld that evidence from Byrom's defence attorneys at the time, Voisin said.
Barred from the trial, too, were two letters the son wrote to his mother describing how he killed his father after finally snapping from years of abuse.
"I walked about two steps in the door, and screamed, and shut my eyes, (and) when I heard him move, I started firing," one letter read.
The judge did not allow the letters to be presented to jurors because defence attorneys failed to share them with the prosecution before the trial, Voisin said.
Gillis pleaded guilty to conspiracy and accessory after the fact to capital murder. Michelle Byrom's son pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit capital murder, accessory before the fact to grand larceny and accessory before the fact to burglary.
Both men are now free after serving prison time.
In a statement, Hood said he was following state law by seeking an execution date after a death-row inmate exhausts all state and federal remedies.
Death row inmate Michelle Byrom, 57, is seen in a Mississippi Department of Corrections photo taken January 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Mississippi Department of Corrections/Handout via Reuters)

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B00Mer
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Not to rare... you do the crime, you do the time.. or needle.

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WLDB
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Odd. I think she got too harsh of a sentence if she was telling the truth about the abuse - while the other two got too little. It makes no sense to execute her while the person who actually fired the gun is now free.

Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Not to rare... you do the crime, you do the time.. or needle.

List of women executed in the United States since 1976 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)

Compared to how often men are executed its pretty rare. This list only only has 14 women on it compared to over a thousand men executed in the same time period.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by WLDBView Post

Odd. I think she got too harsh of a sentence if she was telling the truth about the abuse - while the other two got too little. It makes no sense to execute her while the person who actually fired the gun is now free.

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"He abused me for years"... that is the go to defense for wives/girlfriends when they kill their husbands or boyfriends.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

"He abused me for years"... that is the go to defense for wives/girlfriends when they kill their husbands or boyfriends.

Here in Maryland the governor (a couple of governors back) pardoned eight women who were in prison for killing their husbands/partners. Turned out that one of them whacked TWO boyfriends. Probably time to re-think her boyfriend checklist.
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

"He abused me for years"... that is the go to defense for wives/girlfriends when they kill their husbands or boyfriends.

That isnt the only thing she was using in her defence. She denies having killed him and her son confessed. It makes no sense to execute her while the person who actually fired the gun is free. Not exactly fair. By the looks of things its not going to happen. Not for a long time anyway. Her conviction has been overturned.

Mississippi high court halts woman's execution, orders a new trial - latimes.com (external - login to view)
 
Nuggler
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Was a case WAAAAAAY up here in Ontario. A guy beat and abused his live in gal for years. Did some nasty sex things to her as well. Made her life a nightmare, and threatened to kill her if she tried to leave.

One night, she shot him in his sleep with a .12 ga. Needless to say, he died immediately.

She did 2 years. - should have got the order of Canada.

Execute !!! pftttttttt.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by WLDBView Post

That isnt the only thing she was using in her defence. She denies having killed him and her son confessed. It makes no sense to execute her while the person who actually fired the gun is free. Not exactly fair. By the looks of things its not going to happen. Not for a long time anyway. Her conviction has been overturned.

Mississippi high court halts woman's execution, orders a new trial - latimes.com (external - login to view)

It says she master minded the murder though.

If you don't think she should be in jail then maybe it is time we let this guy go.

 

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