Arizona

Apr 17, 2014 8:23 PM by The Associated Press

Detective forced to testify in re-trial of Arizona mother charged with having her son killed

PHOENIX - A retired detective who refused to take the stand again, asserting his right against self-incrimination, will be forced to testify at the retrial of an Arizona mother charged with having her son killed in 1989, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

"As citizens, each of us has a duty to testify in criminal proceedings in our courts when called upon to provide relevant information," the three-judge panel wrote in its decision overturning a lower court judge's ruling that allowed the former officer to assert his Fifth Amendment right.

The ruling is a major victory for prosecutors who insist Debra Milke is guilty and are planning a 2015 retrial.

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