PHOENIX — A federal appeals court has reversed the convictions and
sentences of a woman convicted of murdering her son in a notorious case that put
her on Arizona’s death row.
Debra Jean Milke has been on death row for over 22 years after being convicted
of first-degree murder and other charges in the 1989 killing of her son
Prosecutors said Milke dressed the 4-year-old in his favorite outfit and
told him he was going to see Santa in December 1989.
Instead, he was taken into the desert by two men and shot three times in the
back of the head.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling said prosecutors failed to
disclose information about a history of misconduct by a detective who provided
key incriminating testimony regarding Milke.