Texas mother of five, Hannah Overton, has spent the past seven years in prison for the murder of a 4-year-old foster child. She and her husband, Larry Overton, were in the process of adopting the boy, Andrew Burd. Hannah was accused of force feeding Andrew enough salt to kill him. Overton said she found him in the kitchen pantry but couldn’t figure out what he had consumed.
This week, Overton was released on $50,000 bond after the highest appellate court in the state overturned her murder conviction and life sentence. The court says she deserves a new trial on claims of ineffective counsel. Nueces County district attorney, Mark Skurka, says he intends to try Overton again on capital murder charges.
ABC’s 20/20 will broadcast Hannah Overton’s story on Friday, December 26 at 10pm.