Convicted murderer sentenced to life after initially being released by judge


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A woman who walked free after being convicted of murdering her husband will now spend the rest of her life behind bars.

In June, a jury found Pamela Ballin guilty of beating her husband, Derrick Ballin, to death. She claimed he was killed in a home invasion, but the jury apparently disagreed.

The judge sent Pamela Ballin home on a previous bond while he decided whether to issue a directed verdict, which is when the judge decides there’s not enough evidence for a case to go to a jury.

“But to have a directed verdict issued after the jury has deliberated and, in fact, found someone guilty is extraordinary,” District Attorney Robert James said.

In a hearing on Thursday, the judge upheld the guilty verdict and Pamela Ballin was sentenced to the mandatory life in prison. Her defense attorney has filed a motion for a new trial.

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