JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied Attorney General Jim Hood's request to explain why it threw out the conviction of a death row inmate in the slaying of her husband.
The court overturned Michelle Byrom's capital murder conviction in March and ordered Tishomingo County to hold a new trial. The court did not elaborate on its decision. It denied Hood's motion on Thursday.
Byrom, now 57, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2000 for 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 that Byrom now argues that her son committed the slaying.
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