State Board Recommends Convict Release


Monday, May 5th 2008, 7:24 am
By: News On 6


A Tulsa County woman sentenced to life in prison for beating her husband to death could get out soon. 

That is if Governor Brad Henry approves a recommendation from the state Pardon and Parole Board to set her free with time served. 

Fifty-seven-year old Norma Lumpkin went to prison in 1981.  Advocates say that never should have happened.  They say she suffered from battered spouse syndrome which wasn't a defense back then. 

A former prosecutor says Lumpkin and a neighbor planned the murder to get a $200,000 life insurance policy.