Marsha Colbey


Marsha Colbey was a 43-year-old mother of six who could not afford prenatal care when she began a high-risk pregnancy while her family lived in a FEMA trailer following the destruction of their home during Hurricane Ivan. Ms. Colbey went into premature labor and unexpectedly delivered a stillborn baby while at home alone. Her efforts to revive the child were unsuccessful, and she buried him in a marked grave near her home. She was convicted of capital murder in 2007 and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

EJI challenged Ms. Colbey's conviction and the Alabama Supreme Court reversed and ordered a new trial. After five years in prison, Ms. Colbey was released in time to spend Christmas with her family.

Ms. Colbey was recently the guest speaker at an EJI benefit. Here she is pictured with Bryan Stevenson.