The mother of an 11-month-old baby who was raped and killed in 1997 by her former boyfriend reportedly asked an Oklahoma judge to spare him the death penalty.
Charles Warner is on death row for the rape and murder of little Adrianna Waller, after he was convicted twice by juries for first-degree murder and given death penalty sentences both times, in addition to 75 years in prison for sexual assault. His execution by lethal injection is scheduled to take place this January, reports KFOR.
But at his clemency hearing this past March, Adrianna’s mother Shonda Waller said she is opposed to the death penalty and asked the court to honor her wishes to spare Warner’s life.
“I don’t want to see him to be sentenced to death,” Waller reportedly said. “If they truly want to honor me then they will do away with the death penalty for him and they will give him life in prison without the possibility of parole because that’s the only thing that’s going to honor me.”
She continued, “I can only see him spending the rest of his life in prison and dying in prison without him ever walking outside of those cell walls. I don’t see any justice in just sentencing someone to die. To me, the justice is in someone living with what they have done to you to your family, and having to live with that the rest of their life knowing they will never get to walk out those doors.”
But prosecutor Lou Keel says Warner, who left Adrianna with a broken skull, fractured jaw, and bruising that indicates she was raped and shaken, doesn’t deserve to live.
“If you’re going to have a death penalty, if there are going to be some crimes, some homicides, that are so atrocious … then the rape and the brutal murder of a child has to qualify,” Keel said.
Waller has since moved out of Oklahoma and says she has no plans to return as a witness when Warner is executed.
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