Los Angeles, CA—He is Europe’s, David Waterfall and he like so many others became convinced that Debra Milke was railroaded straight to Arizona’s Death Row.
It was over 21 years ago when I was sent by the CBS-TV affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona to interview Debra Milke at the Maricopa County Jail. That was just hours after a cop would later claim she confessed to him that she approved that her four-year old son Christopher be murdered. There is no signed confession, Miranda waiver, electronic recording or any witnesses to this alleged confession.
I’d never do such an interview without recording it and took a hidden device to memorialize every word Milke might tell me. Armed with a hidden recorder I asked her, “Did you tell the police that you were involved with the death of your son?” She glared at me and replied, “That’s crazy! Who told you that? I had nothing to do with the death of my son!” Those are hardly the words of a repentant confessor.
I brought the tape of my 15 minute interview to the newsroom and moments later the contents of the tape was broadcast to over one million viewers in an exclusive news report.
The defense lawyer never bothered to make an effort to subpoena me, or the tape for Milke’s trial. Milke also told me she asked for a lawyer and was wondering when one would see her. This was important since the police detective, Armando Saldate would later claim that Milke never requested a lawyer. The jury never knew the truth!
This cases has been grinding through the appeal process and the state is doing everything they can to strap Debra Milke to a table and kill her based on what I’m convinced is a blatant lie. There was no other evidence that implicates Milke in this unspeakable crime.
The two men that murdered the boy both confessed on tape. Of course each man claimed the other fired the three shots into Christopher’s head. Neither man offered information that Milke approved or orchestrated this crime as the prosecutor Noel Levy alleged.
This case more than any other changed my mind about the death penalty.
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