After 22 years on death row, in March, Debra Jean Milke was granted relief by the Ninth Circuit. That relief may be short-lasting however, as earlier this week, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Rosa Mroz set Sept. 30 as the date for her retrial, reports the Associated Press.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, are scrambling to patch together enough evidence for a conviction, especially in light of the circuit court's decision, which recapped the investigating detective's prior misconduct and lack of creditability.
Prosecutors allege that in 1989, Milke told her 4-year-old son Christopher to dress in his best outfit, as he was headed to the mall to meet Santa Claus. Instead, Milke's roommate, James Lynn Styers and his friend, Roger Mark Scott, took the child into the desert and shot him in the back of the head three times. Both men are on death row for the killing.