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Milke to be held without bond pending her retrial

PHOENIX -- An Arizona death row inmate whose conviction was overturned by a federal appeals court in March will be held without bond pending her retrial.

A July 17 status conference is scheduled in the Debra Milke case.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office filed notice Monday to retry Milke and court officials say the prosecution will ``continue in its intent to seek the death penalty.''

The 49-year-old Milke was sentenced to death for sending her 4-year-old son off to visit a mall Santa Claus with two men who shot the boy execution-style in the desert in 1989.

Prosecutors say Milke had her son killed to collect on a $5,000 insurance policy.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled prosecutors failed to provide key evidence to her defense that could've swayed jurors.

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