WE DON'T WANT A DEATH PENALTY INDICTMENT AND CONVICTION BASED ON LIES,
FALSEHOODS AND SLOPPY POLICE WORK!
WE DON'T ACCEPT THE LACK OF ACTION BY THE ARIZONA GOVERNMENT IN
A CASE OF OBVIOUS JUDICIAL ERROR!
ACT NOW! MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF WRONGDOING IS ENOUGH!
JEAN MILKE, sentenced to death on January
18, 1991, is a victim of the Arizona
police authorities and the so-called "justice system" and its
ruthless proceedings, concerned more with convictions than with the truth in
this highly publicized case.
4-year-old son, CHRISTOPHER MILKE, was murdered in a desert area by a mentally
unbalanced and alcohol abusing individual, ROGER SCOTT, either with or without
the active participation of JIM STYERS. DEBRA had but little direct contact
with SCOTT, who was friends with STYERS, DEBRA'S roommate. Fearing for her
safety, DEBRA had moved into STYERS' apartment after an attack by her
ex-husband, from whom she had then been divorced for almost one year.
the day of CHRISTOPHER'S killing STYERS had reported the little boy missing
from the MetroCenter
mall in Phoenix. Eventually police
learned that JIM STYERS was accompanied by ROGER SCOTT during the day and -
after conflicting statements - took SCOTT and STYERS to the police main
station, where SCOTT admitted to his participation in the murder after 12 hours
of interrogation, claiming that he had only been the driver : SCOTT'S
confession, at , began with
"Jim killed him".
Approximately 60 minutes later the case lead detective, ARMANDO SALDATE, and
another police officer left with SCOTT to locate the murder-scene. Only during
that drive did SCOTT, worried about the consequences of his admitted
involvement in CHRISTOPHER MILKE'S murder, change his story and make the
crucial and self-serving incrimination of DEBRA MILKE, claiming "the baby's mother wanted it done".
SCOTT would later admit to ROBERT JOHNSON, a fellow inmate, that his statements
to police were almost completely untrue. Shortly after SCOTT changed his story,
the dead body of CHRISTOPHER MILKE was found ()
about that time, the order to arrest STYERS was given. The arrest of DEBRA
MILKE may have also been ordered at this time, although SALDATE'S various
contradictory and provably untrue statements about his decision to arrest her
make it hard to know for certain. STYERS was arrested near his apartment in Phoenix
() and was eventually
interrogated (), but he
refused any statements and requested an attorney.
three Phoenix police officers were
en route to Florence, where DEBRA
MILKE had gone with her step-mother and step-sister to stay with her family and
await news of her missing child. According to their reports, these three
officers were merely ordered to "learn
her exact location". A local deputy of the Sheriff's Office was
supposed to ask her to come down to the local jail facility and wait for
Detective SALDATE to arrive. DEBRA, along with a family friend, and the three
officers arrived at approximately the same time (). At that time - knowing the interrogation of STYERS had not
yielded any results - SALDATE used a helicopter to go to Florence.
The other detectives did not speak with DEBRA or her acquaintance at any time
up to SALDATE'S arrival. SALDATE also confirmed at trial that he did not talk
with the other detectives upon his arrival (). After entering the jail facility, SALDATE went into the room
where DEBRA MILKE was waiting, sent her acquaintance out of the room and shut
the door, leaving him alone with DEBRA. Thirty-five minutes later he emerged
from the room. Only three days later he all of a sudden claimed she had
confessed to a conspiracy to commit the murder of her 4-year-old son. This
alleged "confession" was not witnessed nor tape-recorded, and the detective made no
attempt to have her sign a statement verifying this claimed
"confession" – in fact, SALDATE made absolutely no effort to do
anything that would prove that this "confession" ever took place. In more than 20 years of unjust incarceration DEBRA has always unwaveringly and consistently
denied any confession.
trial SALDATE declared that he decided to arrest DEBRA when he saw her feign
emotions upon hearing the news that her son had been found, shot to death. This
is not true. Immediately after SALDATE entered the room, the other Phoenix
police officers at Florence without
delay proceeded to conduct interviews with DEBRA'S acquaintance, father, and
step-family in which they informed these people that DEBRA was to be arrested
for CHRISTOPHER'S murder – directly contradicting SALDATE'S sworn testimony in
front of the jury. The arrest of DEBRA MILKE was preconceived solely on the
disjointed statements of ROGER SCOTT, statements that SCOTT directly
contradicted in his admissions to fellow inmate ROBERT JOHNSON. No other hard
facts ever materialized against DEBRA.
the two male co-defendants it was DEBRA MILKE who was painted as the
'mastermind' behind this crime, the murder of CHRISTOPHER MILKE. It is proven
that SALDATE used every influence at his disposal possible to portray DEBRA as
a "monster" not only to the media and the public, but also to her own
family. DEBRA'S trial judge declared SALDATE'S police report including the
alleged confession admissible even though the so-called "confession"
was not witnessed and unsigned, thus endorsing the unfair and prejudicial
treatment of DEBRA. She was convicted even before she ever entered the court
room. On January 18, 1991
Judge Cheryl K. Hendrix pronounced the death sentence.
citizens have found more than seventy five lies of former Phoenix
police detective, ARMANDO SALDATE, supported by an overzealous prosecutor, NOEL
LEVY, creating an official scenario of the crime that is far from the truth –
indeed a complete invention. We ask the State Attorney General : STOP THE
INJUSTICE DONE TO DEBRA MILKE! BE MINDFUL OF YOUR SWORN DUTY TO SERVE JUSTICE
TO EVERY CITIZEN IN ARIZONA! STOP
USING TAX DOLLARS TO FIGHT THIS INNOCENT WOMAN, WHO NEVER HAD THE CHANCE TO
PROPERLY GRIEVE FOR THE LOSS OF HER SON!