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Lingering death penalty case takes toll on family

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky death penalty case that has
gone on for 14 years has two families grieving - one over the lack
of progress toward an execution and the other upset that they can't
apologize for the actions of a convicted killer.
Gayle Williamson Cummings and Michelle Hubert have spent the
week in Kenton Circuit Court sitting just feet apart as attorneys
argue over whether 44-year-old Fred Furnish should get a new
sentencing hearing.
Cummings said Furnish should have been executed by now for the
death of her mother, Ramona Jean Williamson. Furnish's sister,
Hubert, said the family wants to apologize to Cummings, but can't
find the way to do it.
Furnish is on death row after being convicted of strangling
Williamson in her northern Kentucky home in June 1998.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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