The Murder Wall – a traveling memorial to the victims of homicide – is on display at the State Capitol in Jefferson City through March 9th. Taking part in a ceremony marking the opening of the Murder Wall exhibit at the Capitol were Bill and Karen Long. Bill’s mother and father were murdered by Carman Deck in 1996. The Longs were in Washington, this week, to witness the U.S. Supreme Court arguments involving the family’s case. Justices will decide whether the penalty phase of Deck’s trial -during which he was sentenced to death – was prejudiced by the fact he was shackled while in the courtroom. The Longs says it’s time the justice system spent more time thinking about victims. The Long family, which played a role in bringing the Murder Wall to Missouri, says it hasn’t seen justice yet and is hoping the High Court re-affirms the death sentence. Once it leaves the Capitol, the Wall moves to Columbia College in Osage Beach for two weeks.
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