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September 6, 2013:  Arizona woman released after decades on death row

An Arizona woman who spent more than two decades on death row was released on bond Friday afternoon after a judge ruled there’s no direct evidence linking her to the death of her young son. Continue reading →

September 5, 2013:  Debra Milke to be released pending retrial
After nearly 24 years in custody, Debra Milke will step back out into the real world, at least until the murder charge against her is settled one way or another. Continue reading →
An Arizona woman who spent more than two decades on death row was released on bond Friday afternoon after a judge ruled there’s no direct evidence linking her to the death of her young son. Debra Milke walked out of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s jail after supporters posted $250,000 bond. Continue reading →

March 20, 2013:  Debra Milke: Arizona’s Illegal Political Hostage
Debra Milke: Arizona’s Illegal Political Hostage (or: How Tom Horne puts the people of Arizona in an untenable position)  Continue reading →

March 15, 2013:  Death Row Inmate Debra Jean Milke Has Convictions Overturned
The convictions of Arizona death row inmate Debra Jean Milke were overturned Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Milke has spent the past 22 years on death row for the 1989 murder of her 4-year-old son Christopher.  Continue reading →

March 14, 2013:  Debra Jean Milke, Death Row Inmate, Has Convictions Overturned
PHOENIX — A federal appeals court on Thursday threw out the convictions of a woman sentenced to death in the notorious 1989 killing of her 4-year-old son, ruling that the case was tainted by a detective with a history of lying under oath.

August 9, 2012:  Debra Jean Milke – A confession made of the substance dreams are made on
On December 2nd 1989 Cristopher Conan Milke, aged four, was declared missing in Phoenix AZ, by Jim Styers, roommate of Debra Jean Milke, mother of the young child. Continue reading →

February 2, 2010:  Local Federal Judge Disagrees With Higher Court; Says No To Child-Killer Debra Milke’s Claim Of Miranda Rights Violation
A U.S. District Court Judge has dealt Debra Milke (pictured in a 1991 photo) a big legal setback, ruling that the death-row inmate did validly waive her Miranda rights against self-incrimination before she allegedly confessed to having her son murdered in 1989. Continue reading →
January 30, 2010:  Federal Judge Says Debra Milke Waived Right To A Lawyer In Death Penalty Case.
Phoenix, AZ—Debra Milke has been waiting for some uniformed strangers to take her, strap her down to a table and kill her for over 20 years. Continue reading →
January 12, 2010:  Retrial possible in 1989 murder case of Debra Milke
The 1989 murder of a 4-year-old boy who thought he was going to see Santa Claus could be retried if a judge rules in favor of the boy’s mother, who was sentenced to death for her involvement in her son’s death. Continue reading →
January 10, 2010:  Will Convicted Child-Killer Debra Milke Win New Trial? We’re Betting She Will
Spent some of the morning in the federal courtroom of Judge Robert Broomfield, who is considering whether to order a new trial for longtime Arizona death-row inmate Debra Milke, convicted two decades ago of orchestrating the execution-style murder of her 4-year-old son Christopher.

October 17, 2009:  Woman on Death Row May Get New Trial
PHOENIX (AP) — Debra Jean Milke has been sitting on Arizona’s death row for nearly 20 years, largely because a police detective said she confessed to plotting her 4-year-old son’s murder. Continue reading →
June 11, 2009:  U.S. Appeals Court Berates Lawyer-Turned-Judge’s Work in the “Going to See Santa” Murder Case
Twenty years ago this December, a child’s apparent disappearance from the busy Metrocenter mall followed by the grisly discovery of his body in the desert north of Phoenix gripped the community. The 4-year-old was Christopher Milke. He had been shot three times in the back of his head from close range.
December 4, 1989:  Tactic on mom’s confession defended by former detective
A former Phoenix police homicide detective on Thursday defended his decision not to use a tape recorder when he obtained a confession from Debra Jean Milke, accused of plotting the execution of her 4-year old son.Continue reading →
December 4, 1989:  Body of slain boy, 4, discovered in desert
A 4-year-old Phoenix boy was found shot to death Sunday, and the boy’s mother was one of three people arrested for first-degree murder, police said.