Yesterday, Debra Milke, who was exonerated on Monday of murder in Arizona, spoke out publicly for the first time, according to an
report. Milke, now 51, was falsely convicted in 1990 of hiring two men to murder her four-year-old son, Christopher. Milke spent 22 years on death row.
reports that Milke’s conviction was overturned in 2013 on the basis that prosecutors withheld that a detective who investigated her case had a history of misconduct, including lying under oath and violating suspects’ rights during interrogations. His misconduct led to Milke’s wrongful conviction. In her case, the only evidence used against her was a fabricated confession that Saldate provided—a confession that Milke says she never gave.
Although Milke had been free on bond since 2013, her case was officially dismissed on Monday. She was exonerated and her ankle monitor was removed. In her statement to the press, Milke expressed the devastation that her wrongful conviction has caused her. “The only thing equally worse [than losing a child] is to be falsely accused of the death of your child,” she said yesterday.