Parole board member votes to release Gaile Owens - WSMV Channel 4

Parole board member votes to release Gaile Owens

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A woman who had been on death row until last year for killing her husband in 1985 is a step closer to receiving parole.

Gaile Owens was convicted of accessory to first-degree murder in the death of her husband in Shelby County. She was on death row and scheduled to die via lethal injection until former Gov. Phil Bredesen commuted her sentence last year, making her eligible for parole consideration.

On Wednesday, Owens received a preliminary recommendation for parole by one of the seven persons who serve on the parole board.

The file now goes to the other six board members, who will review the case and cast their votes.

"The voting continues until we reach four concurring votes (either to parole or to deny parole), which is what the law requires for a decision on this offense," Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole Communications Director Melissa McDonald said in a news release.

About 60 people were at Wednesday's hearing in support of Owens, including former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher and publisher John Seigenthaler Sr.

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