Published September 05, 2013
PHOENIX – A judge is allowing an Arizona woman to be released on bail as she awaits retrial in the 1989 killing of her young son, a case that had her on death row since 1990 until her conviction was overturn this year.
Judge Rosa Mroz of Maricopa County Superior Court set bond for Debra Milke at $250,000.
The judge's order Thursday says there's no direct evidence linking Milke with the death of her 4-year-old son other than a purported confession, and that the validity of that confession is in doubt.
A federal appeals court overturned Milke's conviction, ruling that the prosecution should've disclosed information about the truthfulness of the since-retired detective who testified that Milke confessed.
Defense attorney Michael Kimerer did not immediately respond to queries about when Milke could be released.