19-year-old Konya Edwards was kidnapped, raped, and drowned. Alan Dale Walker was convicted in the case and sentenced to death. Then the familiar process of appeal after appeal started. Then the appeals process continued.
A decision to put anyone to death should be weighed carefully. Every angle should be considered. But how long should that process be allowed to continue? Is it five years, seven years, 10 years?
Maybe you can't place a time limit on the final decision to put someone to death. But shouldn't the appeals process be streamlined in some way?
The wheels of justice are slow. But in this case, 25 years after she was murdered, the wheels of justice for Konya Edwards and her family appear to have stopped.
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