PHOENIX — Maricopa County prosecutors acknowledge they didn’t give a judge
a letter with information affecting a key witness’ availability for the retrial
of former death row inmate Debra Milke in the 1989 killing of her young son.
Superior Court Judge Rosa Mroz had ordered prosecutors explain why they didn’t
promptly give her a letter from Arizona’s U.S. attorney.
The letter said a preliminary review indicated that statutes of limitations had
expired for prosecution of former detective Armando Saldate, whose credibility
has been questioned.
The prosecutors’ response to Mroz’s order said Saldate’s lawyer got the letter
but indicated it doesn’t sufficiently rule out possible prosecution of his
The response also says the prosecutors didn’t give the letter to Mroz because
there isn’t yet a formal resolution acceptable to Saldate’s lawyer.