In a Sept. 7, 2011 file
photo, Gaile Owens reacts after hearing one member of the Tennessee
Board of Probation and Parole voting "Yes" to release her, during her
first parole hearing at the
Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville,
Tennessee. Owens was released on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011.
Tennessean, Shelley Mays)
Gaile Owens, right, 58, pushes a bin of her
belongings as she is released from the Tennessee
Prison for Women on
Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Owens spent 26 years on
row for hiring a stranger to kill her husband in 1985 but her
death sentence was commuted
to life in prison last year and she
recently won parole.
Ron Owens was associate director of nursing at a Memphis hospital
before his murder.
Ron Owens was killed at the family’s home in Bartlett, Tenn., in a
murder-for-hire scheme on Feb. 17, 1985.