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Susan Morrison petitions for the 28th time to keep her father's killers in prison

4:11 PM, Aug 21, 2013   |    comments
Susan Morrison of St. Petersburg testified before the Florida Parole Commission on Wednesday and said her father's killers should "feel eternal shame for what they've done."
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Susan Morrison of St. Petersburg made her 28th trip to Tallahassee on Wednesday to testify against the release of two men who killed her father in 1974.

Morrison has made that same, agonizing trip over the past nearly 30 years, ever since Arthur Copeland and Alfred Rosher became eligible for parole in 1986.

The two men killed 62-year-old Lester Morrison, who was deaf and mute since childhood, as he worked in a Clearwater cemetery.

They shot Morrison once during a robbery and when he ran, they shot him again in the back. Copeland and Rosher took his watch and wallet containing about $85.

The Florida Parole Commission considered their cases and did not grant parole.

Susan Morrison said she was satisfied.

"But I will continue to fight in the future because I do believe they need to remain in prison for the rest of their lives."

Morrison delivered petitions to the Parole Commission with the signatures of more than 300 friends, relatives and co-workers who believe Copeland and Rosher should remain behind bars.

Morrison is haunted by the thought of her dad's last moments. She wonders if he was afraid, if he understood what was happening.

She told commissioners her father did not deserve to die that way.

"So I truly believe that they should remain in prison for the rest of their lives because that is the responsibility that they need to take for their actions. I would think that they would both feel eternal shame for what they've done."

Copeland and Rosher will not be eligible for another parole hearing until March 2018.

Dave Heller

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