Woman exonerated after spending 17 years behind bars

May 9th, 2011 - 7:44 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Utah, May 9 (THAINDIAN NEWS) An inmate in Utah prison, Debra Brown, will become the first person to get out of jail using a 2008 law. Brown was jailed for the 1993 murder of Lael Brown after admitting that she forged his signature.

Debra was Lael’s long time friend and employee but they were not related. During and after the trial, Debra always insisted that she was at a different place other than the scene of the incident. For years, her attempts to get out of jail using an alibi that places her somewhere else has been rejected mainly due to the fact that the state did not accept any other new evidence except scientific evidence.

After the passage of the new law in 2008, a judge finally agreed that Debra’s alibi claim was strong and subsequent ordered her to be released. 2nd District Judge Michael DiReda will however need to give his approval before Debra could be released from jail. DiReda’s decision is expected after midday on Monday.

Debra’s daughter Alana Williams is happy that her mother is finally coming out of jail. She was just eleven years old when her mother was taken away for killing Lael. Williams told reporters that a reunion will be organized for the homecoming of Debra.

Alana believes that it will take time for her mother to adjust to her new life out of jail.

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