Sunday, May 4, 2008
The State's five-member pardon and parole board has recommended that the life sentence of Norma Jane Lumpkin be commuted to time served. In 1981, Lumpkin took out a $210,000 life insurance policy on her husband and, with the help of a teenage accomplice, beat him to death with a baseball bat. The police found the body in the trunk of her car when she was pulled over for speeding. Today, Lumpkin's supporters say she suffered from "battered spouse syndrome," although a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has already considered this defense and upheld the original sentence. Some consider it noteworthy that abuse was not a central consideration during the course of the original trial. Although Lumpkin has been "written up" for misconduct three times while in prison, she is credited with having started "religious groups" during her stay. See story here.