Michelle Byrom Essay

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Michelle Byrom: Death Row Inmate In 1999, Michelle Byrom plotted a murder with her son, Edward Byrom Jr., to kill her abusive husband, Edward Byrom Sr. After her son had killed Edward Byrom Sr., he fled and Michelle was arrested for the murder. Michelle was tried, was found guilty and sentenced to death by lethal injection. Despite repeated confessions from her son that he committed the murder, Michelle still remains on death row. In this case, justice has not prevailed because Michelle Byrom is held on death row for a crime her accomplice committed. Her accomplice is free from charges. In 1999, 57-year-old Michelle Byrom was accused of being the “mastermind of a murder-for-hire plot to kill her allegedly abusive husband.”(cnn.com). She was arrested, and then in 2000, she was tried for the alleged murder. At trial, prosecutors presented a theory that “Michelle Byrom was looking to collect on her husband's $150,000 life insurance policy and planned to pay someone in exchange for the killing. (cnn.com). If she were executed, she would be the first woman inmate to be executed in Mississippi since 1944. Edward Byrom Sr. also abused their son, Jr. starting when he was three years old. The abuse led to mental illness, violent tendencies, etc. Even though Michelle concocted the plan, it was Byrom Jr. who actually committed the murder. Byrom Jr. admitted to committing in several jailhouse letters and, according to court documents, in an interview with a court-appointed psychologist” (cnn.com). In one explicit confession letter to his mother, he detailed how he killed his father in rage after a fight. Because Byrom’s defense attorneys never had the confession letters entered in as evidence, a jury never heard any of Edward Byrom Jr.’s confessions. This meant that without the confessions, Michelle was going to be convicted of the murder. Although, Byrom Jr. was convicted of

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