Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Woman On Death Row Asks For Mercy

Gaile Owens, Who Hired Husband's Killer, Says She Was Battered Wife

POSTED: 7:00 pm CST February 16, 2010
UPDATED: 8:45 am CST February 17, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The first woman on Tennessee's death row is asking the state Supreme Court for mercy because she says she suffered from "battered-wife syndrome."

However, prosecutors said Gaile Owens prevented her own lawyers from making that argument at her trial.

The state has asked the court to set a date for Owens' execution after she hired someone to kill her husband in 1986. Owens wants the sentence reduced to life in prison.

In a response filed by the state Tuesday, prosecutors said Owens refused to undergo the mental evaluation her defense requested to prove a battered wife defense.

She also refused to testify in either the guilt phase or the penalty phase.

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