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Debra Milke case: Attorneys head back to court

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Last week, Debra Milke walked out of prison for the first time in more than two decades.

She was on death row for the murder of her 4-year-old son Christopher.  Two men are already on death row for shooting the little boy.

Debra Milke was not in court Thursday, but the prosecutor and Milke's defense team were there.  Along with an attorney representing Armando Saldate, the former Phoenix Police detective who claims to have taken Milke's confession -- although he did not tape record it, there were no witnesses, and he threw away his notes before testifying at Milke's trial.

Saldate's attorney said he plans to take the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination to avoid testifying again.

The judge said she wants to hear those words from Saldate's mouth at the next court hearing September 23rd.

Outside the courthouse, Milke's lawyers called Saldate a villain.

"You know somebody that goes into a courtroom knowing someone can end up on death row and lies about it is a pretty bad villain in my book.  A 10 on a scale of 10," said Michael Kimerer.

They also said Debra Milke is still grieving the murder of her son.

"She is really trying to find mementos and memories and a lot of feelings are coming up for her now that she is out of prison," said Lori Voepel.

The Apple iPad is the most amazing thing to Milke. She had never seen one before and had no idea what it was.  Another thing that has shocked her after over two decades on death row has been the supermarket.  She was shocked to see the variety when she went to the grocery store.

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