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Victim's Daughter Waits for Killer's Execution

Posted March 29, 2007

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— The daughter of a Wake County woman slain a decade ago said she will wait out the ongoing debate over the state's death penalty so she can witness the killer's execution.

"It won't bring my mom back, but it's justice," Deborah Hartless said.

Hartless' mother, Linda Holman, was chased and gunned down by her husband, Allen Holman, in July 1997.

Holman is on death row awaiting execution, and he told WRAL in a March 8 interview that he wants to die, regardless of the dispute between state prison officials and the North Carolina Medical Board that has put all executions on hold.

"I want closure for the victim's family. I want closure for my family. I want closure for myself," Holman said in the interview.

Hartless hasn't weighed in on the state's death penalty debate, but she said she doesn't understand the delay in Holman's execution, which was originally set for March 9.

"It's been going on for years. What makes this case so different is that he wants to die, he's ready," she said. "It's been almost 10 years, and it's just like something that hangs over your shoulder."

Holman said he believes he will eventually be executed.

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  • luvtoflymycessna Mar 30, 2007

    an eye for an eye!

  • Panther Mar 30, 2007

    I say to plug them in now and forget waiting for some attorney to find another excuse to delay the process that the public demands

  • Roach Mar 30, 2007

    I remember this when it happened. They actually have a 911 tape of the poor woman hysterically beggin for help while he chased her down in her car. Very heartbreaking story. I fear there may never be closure for her daughter. I pray there will be for her sake.

  • wstarhawks Mar 30, 2007

    Why do they always schedule an execution date? Keep it quiet until the last few minutes before the execution, the victims had no clue or time to prepare for their death, why do they give the killer that time?

  • HEHEBEAVIS Mar 30, 2007

    GREEKGIRL BUGSGIRL-BOTH OF YOU ARE RIGHT ON. WHEN THE JUDGE AND JURY PASSES SENTENCE OF DEATH PENALTY GIVE THE DEFENDANT 1 APPEAL IN 30 DAYS AND AFTER THAT EXECUTE THE SCUMBAG. WHY SHOULD TAXPAYERS BE BURDENED WITH THEM FOR 15-20 YEARS OF MEALS,MEDS, AND UPKEEP AND THEN THE STATE DECIDES TO FINALLY PUT THEM TO DEATH. WHAT A WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY!!!

  • ncnurse Mar 30, 2007

    Kill 'em, kill 'em all, kill 'em now.

  • me-in-raeford Mar 30, 2007

    obiviously my fingers are silly this morning...I meant to type "died" not "did"

  • me-in-raeford Mar 30, 2007

    There was a story on WRAL a couple of days ago about a "Skinhead Killer" that did of a brain tumor...

    My question when I read that article was:

    Was a doctor present when he died and did that doctor administer any seditive??

    No one commented on my question then...I wonder if any one would now.

    My opinion is...if a doctors don't have any ethical problem administering seditives or being present when a murderer dies of natural causes then why would they have an ethical problem when one dies of justice?

  • Its Just What I Do Mar 30, 2007

    greek girl- i agree. what's the purpose of a death sentence if you get to wait it out 10 - 15 years watching tv, lifting weights, playing basketball, etc., having 3 hot meals a day, being cool when it's hot out and warm when it's cold out- all on yours, and MY and everyone else's tax money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Greekgirl Mar 30, 2007

    If you are sentenced to death row.It should be done Immediately,not 10-15 years down the road.That's not death row if you ask me.

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