After being in prison and being on death row for 22 years, an Arizona woman’s case has been dismissed making her a free woman who does not have to fear about her life being taken away.

It was over two decades ago that Debra Milke was convicted for the murder of her 4-year-old child.

The detective, Armando Saldate, who has been discovered over the years to be untrustworthy and who has a history of misconduct originally arrested Milke back in 1990.

Since then she has been sitting on death row, but has been free on bond since 2013 with an electronic ankle bracelet was laced on her to servile her whereabouts.

Milke was freed after prosecutors lost their final appeal against Milke, and Judge Rosa Mroz, who oversaw the trial, dismissed Milke and said that she cannot be tried again.


Milke was beyond relieved when she discovered the news of her freedom, which also resulted in her being able to finally remove her ankle bracelet. Milke told reporters, “It feels good,” as she revealed her bare ankle.

An appeals court back in 2013 filed a complaint against the detective who arrested Milke, and said that his previous history of misconduct should have a light shined upon it prior to the investigation and conviction of Milke.

Over the years Milke has always stood by the fact that she innocent and struggled to fight for her freedom. Michael Kimerer, an attorney representing Milke stated,

“She was innocent. It was all based upon a police officer that just totally lied. To see her free today and totally free and exonerated, it’s an unbelievable feeling just unbelievable.”

The alleged story behind young Christopher’s death was that Milke told the young boy that he was going to the mall to meet Santa Claus, but was kidnapped by two men and taken to the desert where he was shot. The two men James Styers and Roger Scott who led the young boy to the desert never testified against Milke, but also never told authorities that she was innocent.

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