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Children of murder victim fight to keep convicted killer in prison

2:48 PM, May 26, 2013   |    comments
This picture, showing Myrtle Chapman with her two children, was taken at Ginger Zuck's wedding in December 1984. Chapman was killed on March 25, 1985.
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A brother and sister are doing what they can to keep their mother's killer behind bars. 

Chapman's children said Jerry Neal Carpenter killed their mother, Myrtle Chapman inside of her Clinton Highway business, Myrtle's Package Store in 1985.  Her son, Mike Eldridge and daughter, Ginger Zuck, said the murder happened after their mother confronted Carpenter about stealing less than $300. 

"She had been locked inside the store from the inside and she had received 10 or more blows from her forehead up to the top of her head with what they believed was a roofing hammer," said Zuck. "And she had been hit so hard and so many times that it cracked her skull."

The court sentenced Carpenter to life behind bars, but Eldridge and Zuck said Carpenter is eligible for parole every three years due to 1980's laws. The siblings said this is the third time they have been forced to relive the traumatic experience and petition to keep Carpenter behind bars.

"He needs to serve his sentence and he needs to quit putting this family through the hell he's been putting us through every three years. We're living a life sentence, even more than him," Zuck said.

Eldridge and Zuck are trying to collect 1,000 signatures support their effort to prevent Carpenter from being released. Those interested in signing the petition, click here.

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