EARLIER THIS WEEK GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE SUSPENDED CAPITOL
PUNISHMENT IN WASHINGTON.
SAYING HE IS NOT SURE EQUAL JUSTICE IS BEING SERVED
WHEN IT COMES TO THE DEATH PENALTY.
KXLY'S CAITI CURREY IS WORKING FOR YOU WITH MORE ON
ONE SPOKANE FAMILY'S REACTION TO THE DECISION.
THOUGH GOVERNOR INSLEE SAYS HE HAS PUT A LOT OF CAREFUL
THOUGHT AND CONSIDERATION INTO THIS DECISION OVER
THE LAST YEAR.
HIS ANNOUNCEMENT CAME AS A SHOCK TO MANY.
ESPECIALLY, ONE SPOKANE FAMILY WHO HAVE FOUGHT TIRELESSLY
FOR 17 YEARS TO MAKE SURE THEIR DAUGHTER RECEIVES
THE JUSTICE THEY THINK SHE DESERVES.
IN 1996 TELISHA SHAVER.
HER SISTER VENUS .
AND THEIR FRIEND JADE MOORE WERE TIED UP, SEXUALLY
ASSAULTED, AND BEATEN WITH A BASEBALL BAT BY DWAYNE
VENUS SURVIVED THE ATTACK.
TELISHA AND JADE DID NOT.
WOODS WAS LATER CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER,
AND SENTENCED TO DEATH.
Sherry Shaver, Telisha's mother
It's the verdict that my family wanted, what it means
is saddneess though.
To think that this one person caused so much saddness
for three families.
THAT WAS SHERRY SHAVER IN 1997 AFTER THE CASE AGAINST
HER DAUGHTERS KILLER WAS OVER .
OR SO SHE THOUGHT.
THIS IS SHERRY SHAVER TODAY
Sherry Shaver, Telisha's mother :39
It opens the floodgates of going through it again....
GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE'S ANNOUNCEMENT THIS WEEK CAME
AS A PUNCH IN THE STOMACH TO TELISHA'S MOM.
Sherry Shaver, Telisha's Mother :38
I instantly went, you're kidding me! and I immediately
burst into tears.
SHAVER REMEMBERS THE GIRLS ATTACK LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY.
SHE WAS THE ONE TO FIND THEIR NEARLY LIFELESS BODIES.
NOW 18 YEARS LATER, SHOCK ONCE AGAIN.
The system I believed in, the judicial system, and
my state government have always been behind me.
and now to have this thrown at me, my family, and
it's a horrible feeling, like you've been betrayed!
GOVERNOR INSLEE REVEALED WHAT HELPED HIM MAKE HIS
DECISION WAS TALKING TO VICTIMS FAMILIES.
I was never called, my husband was never called, non
of us were ever called by govenor Inslee.
THE FAMILY BELIEVES GOVERNOR INSLEE IS NOT LISTENING
BUT SPEAKING FOR THEM.
I can understand it if there were doubt.
But there was a surviving whitness, a death bed statement,
and DNA and fingerprints.
NEARLY 20 FAMILY MEMBERS GATHERED TODAY TO SHARE STORIES
OF TELISHA AND TALK ABOUT THE INJUSTICE THEY FEEL.
Dena Florence, Aunt :19
That was the penalty set down for them.
That's the price they have to pay.
WITH THE 18TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACK APPROACHING
NOT A DAY PASSES WHERE A BLACK CLOUD ISN'T HANGING
OVER THE FAMILIES HEAD.
Rock Nelson, Uncle:58
It's hard for all of us, we all go through it.
it never goes away.
ALL THEY ARE LOKING FOR NOW IS CLOSURE.
Sherry Shaver, Telisha's Mother :48
Its just ugly.
and we want it to be over.
and it will be over, his rights, when he is dead.
It's the only time...'
THE FAMILY SAYS THEY ARE UNITED IN OVERTURNING GOVERNOR
THEY SAY THEY WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES.
REPORTING IN THE NEWSROOM TONGIHT.
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