Arizona

Sep 6, 2013 12:49 PM by Associated Press

Death Row Woman

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona woman who has spent more than two decades on death row after being convicted of having her 4-year-old son killed for an insurance payout is expected to be released on Friday while she awaits a retrial of the case that made her one of the state's most reviled inmates.

Judge Rosa Mroz of Maricopa County Superior Court set Debra Milke's bond at $250,000 a day earlier, saying there's no direct evidence linking her to her son's death other than a purported confession to a detective. And, the judge said, the validity of that confession is in doubt.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Milke would probably be released Friday. Defense attorney Michael Kimerer did not respond to questions from The Associated Press.

If she is freed, Milke's lawyers have said she plans to stay at a home that supporters bought for her in the Phoenix area. She has been imprisoned since 1990.

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