Court overturns conviction of AZ woman on deathrow

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Court overturns conviction of AZ woman on deathrow

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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 more than 22 years after being convicted of first-degree murder and other charges in the 1989 killing of her son, Christopher.

Prosecutors said Milke dressed the 4-year-old boy 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 says the prosecution failed to disclose information about a history misconduct by a detective who provided key incriminating testimony regarding Milke.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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