Michelle Murphy: Woman convicted for infant son's murder released on bond

TULSA - A woman serving a life sentence in prison is getting a second chance at proving her innocence.

Michelle Murphy has not been exonerated, but a Tulsa County Judge has vacated her sentence and conviction allowing her to leave prison Friday on a $10,000 bond.

In 1995, Murphy was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of her young son, but a push by the Innocence Project  set the wheels in motion to possibly set her free.

"I'm just ecstatic. I've been waiting for this day for 20 years. I'm just glad that my innocence is being acknowledged," said Murphy. "I want to learn to have a life that I've been denied for 20 years."

Murphy was 17 years old when her 15-week-old son was found dead with his throat slashed.  Following the child's death, Murphy's daughter was given up for adoption.

Renewed interest in the case revolves around what the Tulsa County District Attorney's office is calling new DNA evidence, which was not available 20 years ago.  District Attorney Tim Harris says blood found at the crime scene that was used to convict Murphy did not belong to her.

Murphy's attorneys, however, claim prosecutors had the evidence all along but pursued the case regardless.

Harris filed a motion to vacate Murphy's conviction and on Friday a judge acquiesced.

Despite the conviction dismissal, Murphy is still facing a murder charge.  She and her attorneys are due back in court in June to resolve the matter of DNA evidence.  At that time, the judge can either order a new trial or dismiss the murder charge based on insufficient evidence.

Murphy's attorneys asked for bond Friday and the judge agreed, setting it at $10,000.

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