- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a woman on Mississippi’s death row who was seeking a new trial in the 1999 slaying of her husband based on claims that she was abused.

The court issued the order Monday without comment.

Michelle Byrom has argued her original lawyer failed to present evidence of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her husband. Prosecutors say the abuse issue was raised at her trial and denied.

Byrom, now 56, was convicted of capital murder in 2000 in Tishomingo County. In a rare move, she asked the judge, instead of the jury, to decide her sentence. The judge sentenced her to death.

State and federal courts have denied Byrom’s appeals for a new trial.



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