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Friday, October 7, 2011

Woman Who Was Two Months from Execution Freed in Tennessee

(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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