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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Murder-For-Hire Mastermind Escapes Execution

     The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday, March 17, 2014, denied a motion by the state to set an execution date for death row inmate Michelle Byrom. Byrom, 57, was convicted of hiring a hit man to shoot her husband, Edward Byrom Sr., in 1999. The state Attorney General's Office had requested March 27 to be Byrom's execution date.

     Byrom would be the first woman executed in Mississippi since 1944. Byrom argued in documents filed with the state Supreme Court that she has new evidence that her son, Edward Byom, Jr. killed her husband and that she never hired a hit man as her son told prosecutors. [The state supreme court has granted Byrom a new trial. Since 1976, 13 women have been put to death in the U.S. During this period more than 1,300 men have been executed. There are currently 63 women inhabiting the nation's death rows.]

Therese Apel, "No Execution Date Set For Mississippi Woman," (Jackson, Mississippi) Clarion-Ledger, March 28, 2014 

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