published Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Tennessee Parole Board to release former death row inmate Gaile Owens

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    This undated file photo provided by McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations shows death row inmate Gaile Owens at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn. Gov. Phil Bredesen on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 commuted the death sentence of Owens, who was convicted of paying a man to kill her husband, meaning she could be released as soon as 2012. Owens, 58, has been on death row since 1986.(AP Photo/McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, File)

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole has voted to free former death row inmate Gaile Owens.

Department spokeswoman Melissa McDonald told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the board approved the release of the 58-year-old Owens, who was convicted in 1986 of hiring a man to kill her husband and sentenced to death.

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen commuted her sentence to life in prison last year after attorneys claimed Owens had suffered from serious physical and sexual abuse.

McDonald said Owens could be released within the next three weeks after administrative paperwork is completed.

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holdout said...

She suffered years of abuse but never did anything about it until she caught her man cheating and he "humiliated" her in front of his girlfriend by slapping her. Did she then snap and attack him? No. She went far and wide offering money to anyone who would listen until she found someone willing to beat his head flat with a tire iron. She didn't kill him over abuse but jealousy and should have been locked up for the rest of her life. The parole board members should have to let the people they release stay in their own house for a few months.

September 29, 2011 at 7:44 a.m.
bret said...

We don't kill white women in Tennessee. Only black men.

September 29, 2011 at 10:25 p.m.
holdout said...

Actually bret there are more whites than blacks on death row in Tennessee. There are 85 total of which 47 are white, 35 are black, and 1 each of Asian, Hispanic, and native American.

September 30, 2011 at 7:16 a.m.
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