Debra Milke speaks out after her dismissed murder case

On Monday, a Superior Court judge made it official; case dismissed against Debra Milke.

She did over 20 years on death row for arranging the brutal murder of her 4-year-old son back in 1989. Two men are on death row for killing the boy.

Milke's conviction was tossed because of misconduct by a former police detective and Maricopa County Prosecutors.

Now Milke is speaking out, and she said finally being free is bittersweet.

"I live with an abiding sense of loss, and a chunk of my heart is gone, but Christopher's spirit is with me always which is a comfort to the remaining pieces of my broken heart," said Debra Milke.

Over and over, she returned to the loss of her son.

"Someone in this room may identify with the pain of the loss of a child, but I am quite sure you don't know what it feels like to be accused by the authorities of contributing to it. My little son Christopher means everything to me, and I love him with all my heart," she said.

Milke and her attorneys say she was innocent, and she was the victim of misconduct by Detective Armando Saldate and Maricopa County Prosecutors.

"The lawyer in me knows intellectually; she is innocent, but after getting to know her as a fellow mother, I know in my heart and soul that this is the case. When Debra was released from prison her first question was whether she could meet my child who was four years old, just like Christopher was," said attorney Lori Voepel.

Milke said her over 20-year nightmare could happen to anybody.

"I did not break the law, I never thought in a million years I would see the inside of a jail, but it did happen to me, and it really can happen to any one of you, it really can. So these people with power, they shouldn't be allowed to abuse it," said Milke.

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