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Family of murder victim wants answers from Gov. Barbour

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

July 2, 1993, David Glenn Gatlin walked into a trailer where his estranged wife lived and shot her in the head.

Her friend, Randy Walker, survived a gunshot to the head.

Both crimes, Gatlin has admitted.

Family members are insensed that Gatlin would be released by an official pardon by Governor Haley Barbour.

"Is he, Governor Barbour, going to pardon us from our aches and pains and heartache that we have to suffer? Is he going to pardon a child that had to grow up with out a mother? Is he going to pardon me from never being able to feel her arms around my neck again? What is Barbour going to do about that?," said Betty Ellis, mother of murder victim.

The sister of the victim, Tiffany Ellis Brewer, says he served less time than her sister lived.

"It's completely unfair. I mean, he's in jail for 18 years, she was 20-years-old when she died and had her child laying in her arms when he shot her in her head. And he's pardoned?," Brewer said.

David Ruth was the lead investigator on the case.

He says there seems to have been a huge disconnect in communication in the system and and that Gatlin's pardon sends the wrong message.

"They had received a letter Friday from the parole board stating that the was not going to be paroled and it would be considered again in October 2012. And then to receive a call not even 24 hours later that he's going to be pardoned. Certainly think that someone was not in sync with things," Ruth said.

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