GIST: "A death row inmate who prosecutors say recruited her son in a plot to kill her husband will get a new trial, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Monday in a rare order for a prisoner awaiting execution. Michelle Byrom, now 57, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2000 in Tishomingo County in the killing of her husband, Edward "Eddie" Byrom Sr., and for recruiting her son in the plot. Byrom Sr. was fatally shot on June 4, 1999, at the couple's home in Iuka. Byrom's attorneys say they have new evidence in the case, and Byrom now argues her son committed the slaying. She argues in court briefs that her son confessed in conversations with a forensic psychologist. She argues the statements were discussed with the trial judge but were never revealed to Michelle Byrom or her attorneys before her trial. She also says the psychologist was not allowed to testify about them.........David Voisin, a Jackson attorney working with Michelle Byrom's legal team, said in a statement Monday that the decision gives Byrom "a fair opportunity to have her case heard in court.
"Michelle suffered extreme sexual and physical abuse from an early age and throughout her marriage. We are pleased that Ms. Byrom will now have the opportunity to present the overwhelming evidence that she is innocent of murder-for-hire," Voisin said. State and federal courts have in the past denied Byrom's arguments that she should not be put to death because she was sexually and physically abused by her husband. (Prosecutor) Hood asked in February for the court to set Byrom's execution for this past week. The Supreme Court denied that request last Thursday."
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