Debra Brown will be released today from the Utah State Prison after serving more than 15 years for a murder an Ogden judge has deemed her innocent.
The Utah Attorney General's Office will appeal the finding of innocence by 2nd District Judge Mike DiReda, but will not oppose Brown's release, according to an email news release from Attorney General's spokesman Paul Murphy just after 9:30 a.m. today.
DiReda issued his findings May 2 after an innocence trial in January, the first case to reach trial under Utah's three-year-old Factual Innocence statute. In a 1995 trial in Logan, Brown was convicted of the 1993 shooting death of her employer and friend, Lael Brown, no relation.
DiReda found new evidence developed over more than eight years of work by the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center at the University of Utah exonerated Brown. The case moved to Ogden after Logan judges recused themselves.
DiReda had stayed his ruling until 2:30 p.m. today to allow the attorney general's office time to consider an appeal. No grounds for the appeal were mentioned in Murphy's pnews release.