Tennessee prison frees former death row inmate Owens

A prisoner who spent 26 years on death row and came within two months of being executed has been freed from Tennessee

(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A prisoner who spent 26 years on death row and came within two months of being executed has been freed from Tennessee's Prison for Women.

Fifty-eight-year old Gaile Owens of Memphis was released Friday and greeted by a small group of supporters outside the Nashville prison.

She was sentenced to die for hiring a stranger to kill her husband in 1985, but her death sentence was commuted to life in prison last year and she won parole last week.

Supporters had urged her release, claiming she 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.

One of those sons, Stephen Owens, was there as she left prison and she immediately hugged him.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Karen Location: Clinton, Tn. on Oct 7, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    I am happy for her, and so glad she had the support she needed thru the yr. So many women are battered, and o not think they can get out of it freely. As so many men track them down, and kill them. You read about it everyday, and I feel so bad for them. Now, I'm not saying some don't deserve it. The women that pretend, so they can get everything. But most of the closest people to these women, KNOW or SEE what they are going thru, and try to help, but the women think they are trapped, and some ARE! The LAW needs to look more deeply into a situation before, Oh, we need to get them to court, they are guilty!!! NO they need to get over themselves, and see what has really been going on in the womens lives.
  • by Karen Location: Clinton, Tn. on Oct 7, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    I am happy for her, and so glad she had the support she needed thru the yr. So many women are battered, and o not think they can get out of it freely. As so many men track them down, and kill them. You read about it everyday, and I feel so bad for them. Now, I'm not saying some don't deserve it. The women that pretend, so they can get everything. But most of the closest people to these women, KNOW or SEE what they are going thru, and try to help, but the women think they are trapped, and some ARE! The LAW needs to look more deeply into a situation before, Oh, we need to get them to court, they are guilty!!! NO they need to get over themselves, and see what has really been going on in the womens lives.
  • by Karen Location: Clinton, Tn. on Oct 7, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    I am happy for her, and so glad she had the support she needed thru the yr. So many women are battered, and o not think they can get out of it freely. As so many men track them down, and kill them. You read about it everyday, and I feel so bad for them. Now, I'm not saying some don't deserve it. The women that pretend, so they can get everything. But most of the closest people to these women, KNOW or SEE what they are going thru, and try to help, but the women think they are trapped, and some ARE! The LAW needs to look more deeply into a situation before, Oh, we need to get them to court, they are guilty!!! NO they need to get over themselves, and see what has really been going on in the womens lives.

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