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State board votes to grant parole to Gaile Owens - WSMV Channel 4
Gaile Owens, convicted of accessory to first-degree murder and sentenced to death for killing her husband in 1985 in Shelby County, has been granted parole after a hearing earlier this month.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.

WOW! How wonderful.Ever since the Mary Winkle verdict I have been stewing about how long Gaile has been locked up. She has more than paid for her crime.
A wrongful death refers to the untimely death of a person/s due to accidents, criminal activities, or other person’s negligence. Wrongful death cases are being filed by the surviving dependents of a wrongful death victim. In filing a wrongful death claim, there exists the so-called statute of limitations that sets a time frame on when to file a lawsuit prior to the incident. This means that even valid claims cannot be filed after this period ends. Usually, wrongful death cases are hard to prove. They often take several years before they’re finally settled, and require expert and credible evidences and testimonies to establish the truth. The claimants are the ones who are responsible to prove the claim. Wrongful death attorneys only agree to handle a wrongful death case it they think it has a merit and find it to end up successfully. In most cases, the settlements range to millions of dollars. In most cases, wrongful death claims are being filed against medical practitioners such as …
Woman Charged with Two Ax Murders: Chicagoist

This is a very strange tale of a woman who killed several other women in her congregation with an ax. Apparently she had a falling out with her church members and was asked to leave the congregation. In the following weeks she was seen wandering the neighborhood with a list entitled Mother Who Wont Make it to Mothers Day and carrying an ax.
Two of the women on death row in America have had their appeals rejected this week.

Michelle Tharp in Pennsylvania. Long time readers here know my history with Michelle Tharp. She will never be free and will eventually be executed. She was found guilty of starving her 7-year-old daughter to death in 1998.
She filed an appeal on the grounds that she had not received a fair trial. It was rejected.

The other one is Robin Lee Row of Idaho. I have had no contact with her. She has returned all letters from me with notes that she does not accept any more penpals.
She was convicted of the 1992 killing of her husband and two children by setting their Boise duplex on fire. At her sentencing the following year, a judge said she was a pathological liar and "the embodiment of the cold-blooded, pitiless slayer."
Her news is slightly better.
Her appeal is based on a contention that secret tape recordings of phone calls shouldn't have been allowed into evidence and a claim that she ha…