Mothers of Killer, Victim Work to Stop Execution

Screen Shot 2017-04-20 at 3.15.21 PMThe family of the victim is working to stop the pending execution of a condemned Texas inmate. Paul Storey is scheduled to die Wednesday in Huntsville for a 2006 murder in Hurst.

There is an unusual plea for mercy for a convicted killer set to die next week.

Paul David Storey was convicted of killing Hurst Putt Putt assistant manager Jonas Cherry during a robbery in 2006.

The 32-year-old is set to be transported from the Tarrant County Jail to Huntsville to be executed April 12. Two women are trying to stop this from happening: Storey’s mother Marilyn Shankle-Grant and Cherry’s mother.

“I will not leave my son,” said Shankle-Grant. “I’m fighting for his life tooth and nails. He made a horrible decision but that’s not who my son is.”

Shankle-Grant and the Innocence Project of Texas have been trying to save Storey’s life.

The mother of the 28-year-old Cherry has also been trying to help.

“They’re of different heights, different color, different backgrounds, but they both love their children,” Innocence Project of Texas’ Cory Session said.

Session and Cherry’s parents met with some members of the state’s Pardons and Parole Board about the planned execution by lethal injection. They asked that Storey’s life be spared in exchange for life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“To see what Judith Cherry and Glenn Cherry are going through to stop this execution, who can go against them?” said Session.

Shankle-Grant says she’s not given up, hope but is preparing.

“I try to visualize, imagine what it’s going to be like to stand and watch someone stick a needle in my son, my son’s life and take it,” she said. “And I can envision him looking at me and it’s like that little boy saying, ‘Mommy, save me.’ And I can’t save him. There’s nothing I can do.” Read the full article here…