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New effort could stop execution of woman on death row

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A Mid-South woman is set to be the first Mississippi woman executed in the state in decades. Source: Mississippi Department of Corrections A Mid-South woman is set to be the first Mississippi woman executed in the state in decades. Source: Mississippi Department of Corrections
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(WMC-TV) – A Mid-South woman is set to be the first Mississippi woman executed in the state in decades.

However, last minute questions are being raised causing those against the death penalty to shine a light on Michelle Byrom's case.

Byrom, 58, was convicted of capitol murder by a Tishamingo County jury in the murder of her late husband, Edward Byrom Senior. She was sentenced to death by the trial judge.

It is a murder-for-hire case where her son and a friend of his were convicted as accomplices in a plot to get insurance money. Michelle has always been considered the mastermind.

Court records show the other two are said to have carried out the murder by shooting Byrom Senior at his house with a World War II relic pistol.

However, CNN and the Clarion Ledger Newspaper are reporting that in recent years the case has been muddied by letters said to be sent to her by her son. In them he is said to have taken full responsibility for the whole plot.

Those letters were not introduced as evidence during her trial, in fact, her son testified against her.

The effort now is to get the Mississippi supreme court to stop the execution, for which there is not even a date set yet. Though, the Mississippi Attorney General has asked the court to set one.

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