MS Supreme Court Orders New Trial For Woman On Death Row
(Jackson, MS) The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for Michelle Byrom, a woman who sits on death row for the murder of her husband.
Read the order HERE
Byrom was convicted of a murder to which her son has confessed multiple times and was set to be executed last Thursday.
During Michelle Byrom’s original trial, prosecutors said she plotted to kill her husband, Edward Byrom Sr.
He was fatally shot in his home in Iuka, Mississippi, in 1999 while she was in the hospital receiving treatment for double pneumonia.
A jury convicted Byrom based on evidence and testimony, saying she was the mastermind.
Edward Byrom Jr. admitted in jailhouse letters he committed the murder on his own after growing tired of his father’s physical and verbal abuse, and a court-appointed psychologist has said that Byrom Jr. gave him a similar story.
However, in the original trial, Byrom Jr. pinned the murder on one of his friends, whom he said his mother hired for $15,000.
Following her attorney’s advice, Michelle Byrom waived her right to a jury sentencing, allowing the judge to decide her fate. He sentenced her to death.