Huntsville woman wants same sentence for father's killer

Huntsville woman wants same sentence for father's killer

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Hubert Glenn Sexton (source: Tennessee Department of Correction) Hubert Glenn Sexton (source: Tennessee Department of Correction)
"I'm still scared to death of him. If he was to get out this day, I'd be packing and gone by now." Erica Goodman said. "I'm still scared to death of him. If he was to get out this day, I'd be packing and gone by now." Erica Goodman said.

HUNTSVILLE (WATE) - The daughter of a murdered Scott County couple is speaking out after the man convicted of their murders gets a second chance at life.

Erica Goodman was just 13 in May of 2000 when she found her father Stanley and stepmother Terry Sue shot to death in their bed.

Glenn Sexton, Erica's stepfather, was convicted of the crimes and sentenced to death. on Tuesday the state Supreme Court overturned that sentence.

Erica is 25-years-old now and with a two-year-old daughter of her own. She says she thought that horrible chapter in her life was closed, but the ruling has reopened all of those old wounds.

"I miss my dad," she said through her tears. "I still struggle with it. I've had nightmares for years over it."

In their ruling this week, the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld Sexton's first degree murder convictions. The motive, according to prosecutors, was revenge.

Stanley Goodman told police that Sexton had molested his younger daughter, Erica's sister. But because of errors at the trial -- in jury selection, inadmissible evidence and prosecutorial misconduct -- the court decided Sexton should be re-sentenced by a new jury.

The options are death or life in prison with or without parole.

"I'm still scared to death of him. If he was to get out this day, I'd be packing and gone by now." Erica said.

She believes the death penalty was the right sentence the first time around and hopes a new jury will come to the same conclusion.

"I don't think he should live a day more than my dad did," she said. "To me, he's an animal. I hate him. I know they say it's good to forgive, but it's hard to forgive someone who took your dad from you and your step mom."

Erica said she just wants to move on with her life. "I'm happy. I've got my little girl. I've actually started getting over the nightmares now," she said.

No date has been set for the new sentencing hearing, which will most likely take place in Scott County.

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