Noura Jackson issues statement following release from prison

Published: Aug. 7, 2016 at 2:18 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2016 at 10:59 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Noura Jackson, once convicted of killing her own mother, was released from prison Sunday.

In 2009, a jury found Jackson guilty of stabbing her mother to death in 2005. Jackson's mother, Jennifer, was stabbed more than 50 times in the East Memphis home they shared.

Later, a federal court found constitutional errors in the prosecution's case, which allowed Jackson to have a retrial.

During the retrial, Jackson accepted an Alford plea, which allowed her to accept punishment for the crime without admitting guilt. She continued to maintain her innocence while accepting a 15-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter based on her plea.

That 15-year sentence allowed her to get out of prison early.

Jackson was released Sunday morning after more than a decade behind bars.

Jackson sent the following statement to WMC Action News 5 reporters:

I am so thankful for the friends, lawyers, and family who supported me throughout the last eleven years. One long, dark chapter of my life ended this morning, and today I enjoyed small pleasures you all take for granted, like a good cup of coffee, the smell of fresh flowers, painted toenails, and a trip to Target. In the next chapter of my life, I plan to honor my mom by forcing the State of Tennessee to identify the person whose complete DNA profile was mixed with my mother's blood in her bed. I have been greatly disappointed in the justice system, but I still hope for justice in the upcoming ethical misconduct trials of Prosecutors Amy Weirich and Steve Jones. Despite many requests today, I will not be giving interviews until I settle into a new life. I will not grant any future interview to those who cannot respect my present desire to be alone for the first time, in a very, very long time.
Thank you.
Noura Jackson

On her first day out, a picture was taken of her enjoying Starbucks with a family friend.

"She was upbeat," friend Ethan Anderson said. "She was always a person that wanted to do her makeup and stand out."

Anderson said that's why the crime was so surprising. He said he stood by her side through the entire case.

"Just because she had an argument with her mother doesn't make her a killer," Anderson said.

He said he visited Jackson, called her, and exchanged letters while she was in prison.

"Somebody that wasn't going to judge her because she was accused of doing this," he said.

He said he hopes to show her how the world has changed, but their friendship is still strong.

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