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'Blood Relatives' films in the area
by Jebb Johnston
Dec 09, 2013 | 320 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The crew behind an Investigation Discovery channel program is coming to Mississippi this week to film a segment on a 1999 murder-for-hire scheme in Iuka.

Mike Mathis Productions plans to conduct interviews in the Iuka area Thursday through Saturday for the program “Blood Relatives,” which focuses on cases of murder committed by family members.

The case is that of Michelle Byrom, who was sentenced to death for her role in the June 1999 shooting death of her husband, Edward Byrom Sr., an electrician. Michelle Byrom has appealed the case a number of times, arguing that her claims of abuse by her husband were not adequately presented during the trial.

The producers have obtained court records from Tishomingo County and have sought interviews with local attorneys and journalists.

Arch Bullard, who was an assistant district attorney at the time, has agreed to appear on camera to talk about the case, in which Byrom involved her son, Edward Byrom Jr., in a plot to kill his father. The Corinth attorney said it is always mind-boggling to him that a person resorts to murder.

“In that case, they talked about it on many occasions,” said Bullard. “That one was particularly difficult for me, in that a son and a mother planned how to kill the husband and father. He was just a hard-working, music-playing kind of guy. It was just absolute raw greed, and there wasn’t a whole lot of money.”

The case had an unusual twist when Michelle Byrom asked Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner to decide whether she should serve life in prison or be put to death rather than allowing the jury to decide. The judge sentenced her to death.

Byrom Jr. testified against his mother as part of a plea bargain. He was sentenced to serve 30 years for his role in the crime.
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