As reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s trial blog:
“[The prosecutor, Learned] Barry’s last statement was to ask the jury to give [defendant No. 1] the death penalty. ‘...And for God’s sake, you give him death for killing those two children!’”
This afternoon that panel demanded that [defendant No. 1] be put to death for the murders of the Harvey children, Stella and Ruby. For the other murder charges the jury only called for life sentences. So, the jury did underline the difference that Barry asked of it, for whatever that’s worth. Now, we hope to hear and read much less about defendant No. 1.
The trial for defendant No. 2 next month should make less news. Once done with that, another page will turn. We, as a community, will move on, as best we can. We accept the evil that took the Harveys was not a new thing in the world; it had nothing to do with them. While the verdict and sentence were pure justice, the execution of the murderers won’t mean that it won’t happen again, somewhere.
Not here, we pray.
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