Arizona woman who spent 22 years on death row in son's 1989 killing to hold news conference


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PHOENIX — An Arizona woman who spent 22 years on death row in her 4-year-old son's killing will speak out publicly for the first time since her murder case was permanently dismissed.

Debra Milke is scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday, a day after her case was officially thrown out.

An appeals court overturned Milke's conviction after ruling that prosecutors failed to disclose a history of misconduct by the case's lead detective.

Milke has maintained her innocence and denied the detective's claim that she confessed to the 1989 killing.

Authorities say Milke dressed her son Christopher in his favorite outfit and told him he was going to see Santa Claus at a mall.

He was fatally shot in the desert by two men who were later convicted in the killing.

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