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Mississippi execution: First female execution in Mississippi in 70 years coming

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A Mississippi execution for Michelle Byrom, 57, could come as early as Thursday, March 27. If all goes as requested by prosecutors, Byrom will receive a lethal injection after being convicted of the 1999 murder of her husband, Edward Byrom Sr., which prosecutors believe Michelle Byrom plotted. According to CNN, this will be Mississippi's first female execution since 1944.

"The state Supreme Court has the final say on executions and has yet to confirm the date or weigh in on the request. If Byrom is put to death, she will be the first woman the state has executed in 70 years, but her advocates say there are many reasons she deserves a stay," reports CNN.

The Mississippi execution has been a long time coming and many want this woman to be brought to justice. Interestingly enough, it was actually Byrom Jr.'s -- Michelle and Edward's son -- who took a plea deal. He testified against his mother in court and blamed his best friend, Gillis, saying he was the shooter. Both men were sentenced to prison while Michelle got the steeper sentence. Both men have both since been released from jail, Gillis not speaking with Byrom Jr. and both men awaiting Michelle Byrom's fate.

"On November 18, 2000, the judge sentenced Michelle to death," reports CNN. Now, 14 years later, Michelle Byrom's sentence could be carried out.

The Mississippi execution will make history for the state and for the country -- providing it actually goes through.

© Effie Orfanides 2014



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