DNA used in exoneration? No
Reasons for wrongful conviction:
Perjury or false accusation
Debra's Wrongful Conviction
Debra Milke was wrongfully convicted in 1990 in a tragic and horrible miscarriage of justice. She was wrongfully accused of a crime against her own child, Christopher, who was brutally murdered. She spent 22 years on Arizona's death row. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted her Habeas Corpus Petition in 2013, holding that prosecutors failed to disclose a history of misconduct by homicide detective Armando Saldate Jr.
While she did gain her hard-fought-for freedom, she was still left with a life without her son, making the victory bittersweet.
"I always believed this day would come I just didn't think it would take 25 years, 3 months and 14 days to rectify such a blatant miscarriage of justice," Milke said.
Debra's Work Today
Debra remains in her hometown of Phoenix, where she works part-time at a law firm, and tries to rebuild her shattered life. She is also active with Witness to Innocence, speaking about her story in the hopes of abolishing the death penalty and participating in both Accuracy & Justice and Justice After Exoneration.
A Stolen Life: The Debra Milke Story
Written by Jana Bommersbach
Bommersbach, an award winning journalist, tells the story of Debra Milke's tragic wrongful conviction.
In The Media:
3.17.15 Do we owe Debra Milke anything?
10.21.16 Meeting the survivors of death row
8.27.19 Wrongfully Convicted