Arizona woman reviled for son's murder may go free

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Associated Press

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 15 at 5:07 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's attorney general says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court ruling that threw out the conviction of a Phoenix woman accused of having two men kill her 4-year-old son in 1999.

Tom Horne called the crime that has kept Debra Milke on the state's death row since her 1990 conviction "outrageous." He says Friday she killed her son to improve her social life.

The main evidence against Milke was a confession she supposedly made to the lead detective in the case. She's always maintained her innocence and said she didn't confess.

The appeals court ruling says Milke's lawyers should have been given information about the detective's lengthy history of lying under oath and violating the constitutional rights of suspects.

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