Woman convicted of murder in 1966 could get new trial

(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South woman convicted of murdering a liquor store clerk in 1966 could go free after an appellate court overturned the conviction.

Shelby County prosecutors must now decide if they want to retry the decades old case.

"They're contemplating whether to retry the case," said District Attorney spokesperson Vince Higgins.  "Right now, they're leaning is it will be retried."

In 1966, a then 18-year-old Margo Freshwater and 38-year-old Memphis attorney Glenn Nash went on a crime spree that included the murder of liquor store clerk Hillman Robbins, Sr.

A jury convicted Freshwater or murder.

Freshwater, a high school dropout who was described at the time as a "femme fatale," escaped from prison a year later and remained on the run for more than 30 years.

Nash, a schizophrenic, never served time after he was found incompetent to stand trial.

Freshwater said Nash did the shooting, and in a statement, Nash told someone he did do the shooting.  That statement was never introduced during the trial.

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Freshwater should a new trial because jurors might have come to a difference conclusion if the statement had been introduced.

Nash, who lives in West Memphis, declined an interview.

The case will not be easy to retry because some of the witnesses are dead.

"If we can't produce those witnesses, we'd have to read a transcript," said Nash.

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