Prosecutors prepare for retrial of former death-row inmate Debra Milke

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
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PHOENIX (AP) -- A decision earlier this year by a court to throw out the conviction of a woman who spent 22 years on death row in the execution-style murder of her 4-year-old son has created a dilemma for prosecutors as they decide how to move forward with the case.

Prosecutors insist they plan to retry Debra Jean Milke, but their case will carry considerable baggage because the conviction was tainted by a detective with a history of lying under oath.

As a result, a confession obtained by the detective was called into question.

Authorities say Milke dressed her son Christopher in his favorite outfit and told him he was going to see Santa Claus at a mall in December 1989.

He was taken into the desert by two men and fatally shot.