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Family wants mother to return home after second hung jury


The daughters of a Turner County woman say murder charges against her need to be dropped and she should be released from custody.

Debra Pilkinton was tried twice for the murder of her husband. Both trials ended with hung juries.

"Now we would like for our mother to come home,"daughter Stacey Player said. "Our family has suffered a great loss and we want her to be able to come home."

Last March, deputies found Morris Pilkington dead inside the couple's Sycamore home from a gunshot wound to the head. Debra was charged with felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The family has been restless since then.

"Not being able to call her and ask her about something, tell her about your day," daughter Christy Pilkinton said. "It's tough."

One trial in December ended without a verdict.  Yesterday, a second jury failed to reach a verdict.  Both voted 11 to 1 to acquit Pilkington.

"You have all these people, even the alternates of the jury that's saying not guilty," Player said. "You know, they said the evidence is not there."

Prosecutors still haven't announced a decision on if they will pursue a third trial.

Another sister testified for the prosecution, but these two sisters insist there's no evidence against their mother.

They say her health is getting worse the longer she's in custody.


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