Mississippi Woman on Death Row Gets New Trial

By Matt Segura | msegura@nbc10news.net

Published 03/26 2014 10:10PM

Updated 03/31 2014 10:04PM

UPDATE: A woman on death row in Mississippi is getting a new trial.

The Mississippi Supreme Court reversed Michelle Byrom's murder conviction Monday. Byrom was convicted of being the mastermind of a murder-for-hire plot to kill her husband. It's a killing her son allegedly admitted to, but when on the stand in court, he denied.

Mississippi's attorney general has said he will ask for the court's reasoning for overturning Byrom's conviction.

UPDATE: The State Supreme Court wants more time to review the case.

Attorneys for Michelle Byrom filed a motion for review after her son confessed to the crime several times. Byrom was in the hospital when her husband was killed in 1999. Her son testified she hired one of his friends to pull the trigger. But attorneys say he confessed in jail house letters and to a psychologist, neither of which was heard in court.

Byrom's attorneys are asking for both to be fully explored.

ORIGINAL STORY: In Mississippi, the state is pushing for the execution of a woman Thursday.

Michelle Byrom was convicted of hiring someone to kill her husband in 1999. Her advocates say she deserves a stay, because her allegedly son confessed four times to the murder. The confessions came in three jail house letters and once in a statement given to a court-appointed psychologist.

If Byrom is put to death, she will be the first woman Mississippi has executed in 70 years.

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