Grieving mom prepares to face daughter's killer in court again

Grieving mom prepares to face daughter's killer in court again

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi death row inmate Alan Dale Walker returns to court Monday to seek a new sentence. Sitting in the courtroom will be the victim's family and friends.

After waiting 24 years for Walker to be put to death, they say the hearing is another devastating blow.
"It's been very hard. I cry all the time and I'm sick of crying, and I think that's why I had this heart attack," said Sheila Edwards. "I wake up at night and I think she's still here, and I start crying," said Edwards.

Edwards can't forget the unimaginable suffering her daughter endured. In September of 1990, Konya Edwards was beaten, raped, set on fire and thrown into a Gulfport lake. Konya died just four days before turning 19.

"They beat her and drowned her and stomped on her neck, and they mutilated her. It was awful," said Edwards.

Now, the man convicted of killing Konya is fighting to have his death sentence overturned. Alan Dale Walker claims he received ineffective counsel during the sentencing phase of his original trial.

"Is he going to try to plead crazy? He wasn't crazy when he killed her. It makes no sense to me. I'm hoping the monster will die is what I'm hoping. He took my daughter's life. Why should he have a life," said Edwards.

Edwards knows it will be painful facing her daughter's killer in court once again.

"I'm nervous and hope I keep my mouth shut," said Edwards. "I can't believe he's still alive."

Edwards says Walker should have been put to death already.

"A long time ago so my family won't have to suffer as bad. It's a burden on them, him going back to court," Edwards added.

Edwards is leaning on her faith, praying for the day when she can find peace for her family and for Konya.

"I hope justice prevails. I hope he gets what she got. I'm not going to die until she gets justice," said Edwards.

The grieving mother says she wants justice for a young lady who once dreamed of being a veterinarian.

"I miss her smile. I miss everything about her. I miss the way she rode her horses; she loved animals," said Edwards. "It's hurt my family. It's hurt my life. it's wrecked my world. My world ain't going to be the same."

Walker is also currently serving a 30 year sentence for rape, and 35 years for kidnapping in the same case.

Another man, Jason Riser of Gulfport, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison. He was granted parole in 2008.

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