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 his wife and accomplice 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 and treated him badly. 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. Debra 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 not possible. 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 arrived at a bowling alley and ditched the limo they had stolen from Lex while trying to break into his trust fund account using a password that Ryan had gotten from Lex's mind. While Debra planned to burn the limo, James discovered the password was fake and got angry. He demanded Ryan tell him the real password.
Debra wanted to kill Ryan but he told her that James planned on killing her after this job to take 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.
James admitted that Debra was right just as he raised his shotgun and blasted her.