#AceWorldNews – MISSISSIPPI – March 24 – Mississippi is scheduled to execute its first woman since 1944 on Thursday, despite multiple pieces of evidence showing her son confessed to the murder she was convicted of.
The case involves 57-year-old Michelle Byrom, who was originally convicted of hiring her son’s friend, Joey Gillis, to kill her husband in exchange for $15,000 back in 1999.
The problem is that none of those allegations may be true, and the jury hearing the case was not only kept from witnessing evidence of Byrom’s mental illness, but also barred from seeing letters in which Edward Byrom Jr. confessed to killing his father himself.
“As I sat on my bed, tears of rage flowing, remembering my childhood my anger kept building and building, and I went to my car, got the 9mm, and walked to his room, peeked in, and he was asleep,” Byrom Jr. wrote in one of the letters.
“I walked about 2 steps in the door, and screamed, and shut my eyes, when I heard him move, I started firing. When I opened my eyes again, I freaked! I grabbed what casings I saw, and threw them into the bushes, grabbed the gun, and went to town.”
During the capital murder trial, Byrom Jr. testified against his mother, claiming she was the mastermind behind the death of his father and that Gillis was responsible for the shooting. Byrom Jr. had also been arrested as part of the conspiracy – and was the only individual involved with gunpowder residue on his hands – but after making a deal with prosecutors he was sentenced to 30 years in prison and is now free on a supervised release.
Gillis was also freed in 2009 after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.
According to the Jackson Free Press, however, there are at least four confession letters – including one to a court-appointed psychologist – in which Byrom Jr. states he is the one responsible for killing his father.
Still, prosecutors maintained that based on the son’s previous statements, Michelle was primarily responsible for organizing the murder.
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