TODAY WASHINGTON GOVERNOR JAY INLSEE ANNOUNCED A MAJOR
CHANGE IN POLICY...BY SUSPENDING THE STATE'S DEATH
KXLY4'S CAITI CURREY IS WORKING FOR YOU.
WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT THE GOVENOR'S DECISION.
GOVERNOR INSLEE SAID TODAY THAT AFTER A YEAR OF CAREFUL
CONSIDERATION AND REVIEWING THE MATTER...HE IS NOT
CONVINCED JUSTICE IS BEING SERVED WHEN IT COMES TO
THE DEATH PENALTY.
THOUGH HE ONCE SUPPORTED CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.
HE NOW BELIEVES THERE ARE TOO MANY FLAWS IN THE SYSTEM.
SAYING, WHEN THE DECISION IS DEATH.
THERE IS FAR TOO MUCH AT STAKE.
THE DEATH PENALTY HAS BEEN IN PLACE IN WASHNIGTON
RIGHT NOW, NINE MEN ARE ON DEATH ROW.
THREE FROM THE SPOKANE AREA.
SERIAL KILLER ROBERT YATES.
BYRON SCHERF WHO MURDERED A PRISON GUARD IN MONROE
WASHINGTON AND DWAYNE WOODS WHO KILLED TWO WOMEN IN
THE LATE 19-90'S.
DESPITE HIS DECISION TO SUSPEND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
TODAY, GOVERNOR INSLEE DOESN'T QUESTION THEIR GUILT
AND SAYS FLAT OUT.
THEY GET NO MERCY FROM ME.
Ecstatic! tears of joy were streaming down my face
when i saw the news blow up on facebook this morning.
SHAR LICHTY HAS BEEN WORKING FOR YEARS TO GET THE
GOVERNMENT TO OVERTURN THE DEATH PENALTY.
Even as an insider on the issue, it still came as
a shock to me this morning.
I knew there was a possibility but I didn't expect
THE GOVERNOR SAYS THE DEATH PENALTY SAYS THE SYSTEM
IS NOT EQUAL.
PEOPLE WHO COMMIT MORE SERIOUS CRIMES DON'T ALWAYS
END UP ON DEATH ROW.
HE ALSO CITES THE COST OF EXECUTIONS.
IT COSTS MORE TO EXECUTE SOMEONE THAN IT DOES TO KEEP
THEM IN PRISON FOR LIFE.
GOVERNOR INSLEE SAYS NO ONE'S SENTENCE IS BEING OVERTURNED.
NO ONE SET FREE - THAT THESE NINE MEN WILL STAY IN
PRISON FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAME AS A SHOCK TO MANY BUT AS THE
GOVERNOR SAID TODAY, THE DECISION HAS BEEN A YEAR
IN THE MAKING.
He knew that it was an issue that there are citizens
in WA state that cared about the issue.
I think he just took the time to look into it.
BUT NOT EVERYONE IS AS EXCITED ABOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
SHERRY SHAVER'S DAUGHTER, TELISHA SHAVER, WAS MURDERED
IN SPOKANE IN 1997.
HER KILLER, DWAYNE WOODS IS ON DEATH ROW.
SHERRY TOLD ME OVER THE PHONE SHE CAN'T EVEN PUT INTO
WORDS HOW UPSET THIS MAKES HER.
AND SHE WILL DO EVERYTHING IN HER POWER TO TO OVERTURN
THE GOVENORS DECISION.