Meet the Three Women Currently on Arizona's Death Row
While a jury's apparently having a tough time deciding whether Jodi Arias should be put to death for killing Travis Alexander, we'll point out that Arias would join just a few other women on death row, if that's where the jury decides to send her.
There are only three Arizona women in the custody of the Arizona Department of Corrections who have been sentenced to die, and the convictions of one of those women was just recently overturned by a federal appeals court.
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- Debra Milke
"In this case, Ms. Milke was found to have arranged the killing of her own son, a four-year-old toddler, because he was too much of a burden and interfering with her life," Horne said. "After dressing him up and telling him he was going to the mall to see Santa Claus, Milke was convicted of sending her young son off to be shot, execution style, in a desert wash. This is a horrible crime. The Ninth Circuit's decision needs to be reversed, and justice for Christopher needs to be served."
The court said "the state remained unconstitutionally silent instead of disclosing information about [Detective] Saldate's history of misconduct and accompanying court orders and disciplinary action," an example of which would be him getting confessions from unconscious suspects.
- Shawna Forde
The group pretended to be immigration officials as they forced their way into the home, looking for drugs and cash.
Forde didn't pull the trigger on the Floreses, but a jury agreed that she did orchestrate the whole thing.
- Wendi Andriano
Andriano's defense was that she'd suffered a lifetime of mental and physical abuse at the hands of her husband. She claimed the poison was assisted suicide for her husband, who was terminally ill with cancer. The rest of the attack, she reportedly explained, came after she admitted being unfaithful to her husband, and claimed he attacked her. The jury bought none of that, landing her on death row.
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