Debra Burch was the secondary antagonist in the WB TV series Smallville, appearing in the episode "Stray".
She was portrayed by Brandy Ledford.
Debra met James Gibson who was a widow and career criminal after his wife passed away. She became the wife and accomplice of James and stepmother to young Ryan James, a boy with telepathic abilities. Debra and her new husband pursued a life of crime using James' stepson Ryan to successfully carry out robberies by exploiting his telepathy.
She was cold and distance towards Ryan as she was constantly unnerved by his powers. Like James, Debra was horrible towards Ryan and only cared about using him for crimes.
After watching his guardians murder a pawnbroker, Ryan tried to run away and ended up running into the path of Martha Kent's car. She became an accessory to murder in the death of Jules Casey, a pawnshop owner. Debra and James soon tracked Ryan down and followed him to the Kent Farm who were sitting outside, reading a newspaper article about Lex Luthor.
Debra arrives at the Kent Farm posing as a Child Services worker in order to get the Kents to give the boy up, warning Ryan that she would kill them if he told them who she really was. Ryan plays along and leaves before saying goodbye to Clark. Martha asked if they could wait but Debra states it was impossible. Debra and Ryan met up with James and Lex in a limousine and forced Ryan to get an account password to Lex's account.
Debra and James ditched the limo they had stolen from Lex and tried to break into his trust fund account using a password that Ryan had gotten from Lex's mind. The password was fake, however, and James got angry and demanded Ryan tell him the real password.
Debra wanted to kill Ryan but he tells her that James planned on killing her after this job and taking the loot for himself. Although James claimed that Ryan was lying, Debra coldly pointed out that, as much as Ryan had always creeped her out, he'd never lied to them. Feeling betrayed James grabbed a shotgun, telling her Ryan didn't lie and shot Debra dead.