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Death Sentence Appeal Denied

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi woman sentenced to death for masterminding a plot to kill her husband has lost an appeal before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

A three-judge panel of the New Orleans court on Friday denied Michelle Byrom’s arguments that her lawyers failed to do a good job.

A federal judge in Mississippi denied Byrom’s appeal in 2011 but allowed her to file a petition to the 5th Circuit.

Byrom, now 56, was convicted in 2000 of killing her husband of 20 years and recruiting her son in the plot.

Edward Byrom Sr., an electrician, was shot to death June 4, 1999, at the couple’s home in Iuka.

Prosecutors say Byrom killed her husband for money. Defense attorneys argued she had been physically abused by her husband.