Noura Jackson spent more than 10 years behind bars after she was accused of fatally stabbing her mother dozens of times in 2005, when she was a teenager.
Authorities alleged that she stabbed mom Jennifer Jackson more than 50 times, in the face, chest, hands and elsewhere, before covering her with a blanket, according to reports. The accusations divided her family, with multiple relatives testifying at trial for the prosecution.
But Noura — who was 18 when she said she found her mother’s dead body in their Memphis, Tennessee, home — has maintained her innocence.
In August 2016, she was freed from custody after 11 years after entering an Alford plea to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. (An Alford plea is a form of guilty plea in which the defendant maintains their innocence.)
Noura’s original second-degree murder conviction had been tossed on appeal, and she was set for a retrial.
Now she is speaking out about the case on ABC’s 20/20.
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In an exclusive clip from the episode, airing Friday night, she tearfully denies any involvement in her mother’s killing.
Asked whether she may have been high at the time and clouded by a “drug haze” — as prosecutors had argued that she killed her mother after a conflict about her partying — Noura is equally emphatic with ABC News’ John Quinones.
“I smoked marijuana that night. We had been drinking, amongst other things,” she tells him in the clip. “But no, I didn’t kill my mother.”
20/20‘s interview with Noura will air Friday (10 p.m. ET) on ABC.