Relative of Stephen West's murder victims: 'He needs to pay'

Relative of Stephen West's murder victims: 'He needs to pay'

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"It's not that we're just for killing someone. It's not that at all. But he took two lives for nothing. He needs to pay," said Eddie Campbell, Wanda's nephew and Sheila's cousin. "It's not that we're just for killing someone. It's not that at all. But he took two lives for nothing. He needs to pay," said Eddie Campbell, Wanda's nephew and Sheila's cousin.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

ANDERSONVILLE (WATE) - A relative of two Union County murder victims talks about another delay in the long road to justice.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has granted a temporary stay of execution for Stephen West. His lawyers say lethal injection inflicts unconstitutionally severe pain.

West was scheduled to be executed Tuesday for the 1986 stabbing deaths of Wanda Romines and her teenage daughter Sheila.

"It's not that we're just for killing someone. It's not that at all. But he took two lives for nothing. He needs to pay," said Eddie Campbell, Wanda's nephew and Sheila's cousin. 

"I just don't see why they have to make the families of the victims go through any more time when it's over. The road to appeals are done," he said.

Campbell said he's the only one left to speak for Jack Romines, Wanda's husband and Sheila's father, who died of a heart attack three years ago.

"It was hard for him to adjust to life without his wife and daughter," Campbell said. "I've never seen a big man like him that was tore down so bad."

Campbell said his uncle deserved to see justice carried out in his lifetime.

"He told me if anything ever happens to me, you make sure everything is done that's supposed to be done," he said.

Campbell had planned to be in Nashville on Tuesday at the prison, even though he knew he wouldn't be allowed to watch the execution. He was told only immediate family of the victims could view the execution.

Wanda's children from a previous marriage will be there.

"No one will be there for Jack," Campbell said. "If it was done at a reasonable time, Jack would have been able to witness that, but it's been 24 years. A lot of family members have gone since then."

As for the defense's challenge, which says Tennessee's three-drug lethal injection protocol is cruel and unusual punishment because inmates are likely awake and conscious when the second and third drugs are administered, Campbell said, "So were Wanda and Sheila. They were awake too."

West's execution is now scheduled for November 30.

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