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Prosecutors in Phoenix win appeal in Debra Milke murder case

PHOENIX — Prosecutors in the case against an Arizona mother charged with
having her son killed in 1989 have won an appeal that will force the state’s
star witness to testify again at the woman’s 2015 retrial.

Authorities say Debra Milke had two men kill her 4-year-old son. But a federal
appeals court last year overturned her murder conviction. She has since been
free on bond.

The case against her rested largely on her purported confession, which a
now-retired detective did not record. His credibility has been called into
question by the federal appeals court that overturned Milke’s conviction. The
former detective was refusing to testify again at her 2015 retrial.

The state Court of Appeals Thursday overturned a judge’s ruling that allowed
the retired officer to assert his Fifth Amendment right.


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