(AP) Gaile Owens, a woman who spent 26 years on death row and came within two months of being executed, was freed Friday from prison. e Owens, 58, was released Friday and greeted by a small group of supporters outside Tennessee's Prison for Women.
Owens walked out of the Tennessee Prison for Women at 9:30 a.m. Friday after spending years on death row for hiring a stranger to kill her husband in 1985 , reports CBS affiliate WTVF.
But, her death sentence was commuted to life in prison last year and last week she won parole. Supporters had claimed Owens was a battered wife who didn't use that defense because she didn't want her young sons to know about the physical and sexual abuse.
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Friday, October 7, 2011
Woman Who Was Two Months from Execution Freed in Tennessee
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