Victims' relatives criticize Inslee's death penalty moratorium

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 7:52 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Sherry Shaver sat through years of trials and appeals to ensure the man who killed her daughter, Telisha, would get the death penalty.

Dewayne Woods was sentenced to death for the 1996 murder.

Now Sherry Shaver fears Woods will never be put to death, after Governor Jay Inslee announced a moratorium on the death penalty.

"I don't want revenge, I want justice," said Shaver.

Shaver joined several other relatives of murder victims in Olympia criticizing the governor's move.

A Senate bill would prohibit the governor from taking any action on death penalty without consulting the state's Clemency and Parole Board.

Earlier this month Inslee said he would not allow any executions during his time in office.

Inslee said he did consult with some victim's relatives before making his announcement.

A spokesperson said the governor respects the relatives' point of view in a difficult, emotional issue.

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