Lawyers Discuss Bond in Death Penalty Retrial

Michelle Byrom
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Iuka, Miss.

Former death row inmate Michelle Byrom's attorney says a judge could consider whether to release her on bond while she awaits her second trial for her husband's 1999 death.

But David Calder of Oxford tells The Clarion-Ledger that Byrom could not post even a $10,000 bond.

Byrom was sent to the Tishomingo County jail after the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned her capital murder conviction March 31, ordering a new trial.

Calder says her health problems include lupus, arthritis and hip troubles, and she uses a wheelchair.

Longtime defense lawyer John White of Iuka says that counties historically have not wanted to pay medical expenses for seriously ill people who don't pose a threat to society. He says keeping Byrom in jail would be expensive.