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MS Supreme Court orders new trial for Michelle Byrom

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Supreme Court has just reversed Michelle Byrom's capital murder conviction and ordered a new trial.

Byrom was seeking a new trial in the 1999 slaying of her husband based on claims that she was abused.

She argued her original lawyer failed to present evidence of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her husband. Prosecutors say the abuse issue was raised at her trial and denied.

Byrom, now 56, was convicted of capital murder in 2000. In a rare move, she asked the judge, instead of the jury, to decide her sentence. The judge sentenced her to death.

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