Family of Levi King victims speaks out after verdict - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/6/09

Family of Levi King victims speaks out after verdict

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -The family of Levi King's victims speaks out. It's been nearly five weeks since King pleaded guilty to three counts of capital murder.  On Tuesday a Lubbock jury decided King will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

King confessed to shooting Pampa residents Brian Conrad, his pregnant wife Michell, and her 14-year-old son Zach back in September 2005.  Michell's then 10-year-old daughter Robin was shot and presumed dead, but is the sole survivor.

It took jurors nearly eight hours on Tuesday to decide King's fate. Since he pleaded guilty to three counts of capital murder, he faced the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Jurors spared King's life.

"Michell was my sister, Brian was my brother in law, Zach was my nephew," said Michell Conrad's Brother Mark Lamb.  And four years ago Levi Alexis King took them all away. "September 30, 2005 is a day that has changed many lives and many families forever," said Lamb.   

For more than a month family members of Michell and Brian Conrad, and Zach Doan filled a Lubbock court room, waiting for a verdict. On Tuesday King was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Brian's mother, Sharon Conrad says there isn't such a thing as closure; the trial was just another phase in their life they had to get through. "It's just torn us all apart, part of us is gone and we will never be the same," said Conrad. 

For King to get the death penalty jurors had to be unanimous. At least 10 had to be in agreement for life in prison without parole. As the sentence was read in court, nearly all the jurors were crying.

"We respect the decision of the jury and I appreciate their hard work and we came into this totally prepared to accept what happened, it's just part of the process," said Conrad.  

After dozens of witness' testimony the prosecution and defense both argued what they felt the appropriate punishment should be, one fighting for his life, while the other argued for his death. "If it were up to me or a defense team or a judge to make that decision we wouldn't have the system that we have and so the people of Lubbock County have spoken," said Gray County District Attorney Lynn Switzer.   

"He will be held accountable for his crimes; he's going to serve every day of his life in prison for the rest of his natural life. Ultimately we are gratified but there are no winners," said King's Defense Attorney Maxwell Peck.   

Several family members took the stand to face King after the sentencing including sole survivor 14-year-old Robin Doan. Through tears she told King she is constantly haunted by her mother's scream and is still paranoid to go to sleep. She told King that she forgives him, she said she hopes one day when he meets God, he will ask for forgiveness too.

"Unless you lived it, there is no ways you can even put into words what you are feeling and what it's like," said Conrad.

King will serve his life sentences in Missouri, where he also was convicted of two counts of capital murder for killing a husband and wife just hours before murdering the Pampa family.

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10/6/09

Levi King's life spared, will spend the rest of his behind bars

Levi King is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  After nearly eight hours a Lubbock County jury had a verdict.  NewsChannel 11's Katie Bauer has more.

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