Mississippi death row inmate Michelle Byrom to get new trial

Updated 8:12 AM EDT, Tue April 1, 2014

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Defense attorney "grateful" for decision, applauds "just and fair result" in case

Michelle Byrom was sentenced to death for the 1999 slaying of her husband in Iuka, Mississippi

Byrom, set to be executed for her husband's murder, gets new trial, state high court says

Defense says it wants to explore Byrom's son's confession to court-appointed psychologist

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A new trial has been ordered for Mississippi death row inmate Michelle Byrom, according to a state Supreme Court opinion issued Monday.

Byrom’s capital murder conviction was reversed, and the case has been remanded to the circuit court for a new trial, the opinion said.

“We are very grateful that the Mississippi Supreme Court has granted Michelle Byrom’s request for relief from her death sentence,” said Byrom’s attorney, David Calder. “This was a team effort on the part of the attorneys currently representing Michelle, and we believe that the court reached a just and fair result under the facts presented in this case.”​

Byrom has been on death row since her 2000 conviction for capital murder. The 57-year-old woman was convicted of being the mastermind of a murder-for-hire plot to kill her allegedly abusive husband, a killing her son had admitted to committing in several jailhouse letters and, according to court documents, in an interview with a court-appointed psychologist.

He recanted when he was put on the stand, according to court records.