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State pays Hannah Overton half a million dollars

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The state of Texas has given more than half a million dollars to the woman who was once convicted of murdering her foster son.

Texas Comptrollers Office spokesperson Kevin Lyons said the state sent a check to Hannah Overton for $573,333.33.  In addition to the lump sum check, beginning March 20, 2019, Overton will receive a $2,600 check from the state every month for the rest of her life.

And should Overton decide to attend college, the state will pay up to 120 college hours and all the mandatory college fees.

In 2007, Overton was convicted of capital murder for the salt poisoning death of her four year old foster son Andrew Burd. She was sentenced to life in prison but Overton served just seven years of the sentence. An appeals court overturned the conviction because key evidence was left out of the trial.

Because her conviction was overturned, the state must compensate her for the time she spent in prison. 

When asked about the amount of money Overton is receiving, Lyons responded,"That's standard. That's the formula for people who have been wrongly incarcerated."

District Attorney Mark Gonzalez filed Overton's second case dismissal in May 2017 ensuring the case won't be retried.    

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