Murder victim's family waits for justice

Gloria Russell, killed 7/18/2008
Gloria Russell, killed 7/18/2008
Michael Wright, charged with Russell's murder
Michael Wright, charged with Russell's murder

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Though the days pass by, closure surrounding the murder of Gloria Russell remains out of reach.

"My daughter's in a better place and she ain't got to put up with it no more.  But it's the way she died [that bothers me]," said Sherry Beck, Russell's mother.

Russell was killed in Millbrook on July 18, 2008.  Her body was stashed in a Deatsville forest. Police say Michael Wright of Millbrook is responsible.

Family members agree.

"It took me 40 years to get her where she's at.  It took him 40 minutes to kill her,' Beck said.

Since that day, Beck took on the role of mother for Russell's children--including Brandon Wright, Michael Wright's son, who family members say witnessed the crime.

"When my grandmother came to pick me up I was very scared, and I didn't know what was going on or nothing, but now, I've been doing a lot better," Brandon Wright said.

Brandon, just nine years old, visited Russell's grave on Mother's Day.

"When we leave the cemetery, it feels like the days are going by slower again," he described.

Meanwhile, the family waits for Michael Wright to face the music, but because of what prosecutors call "forensic testing," the trial has yet to be scheduled and Michael Wright is out on bond.

In the year ahead, Beck hopes Wright will finally get his day in court and spend a lifetime in jail.

"I don't want him to get the death penalty.  It's too easy for him.  I want him to suffer like he made my daughter suffer," Beck said.

Prosecutors tell WSFA 12 News they're waiting on official word from the Department of Forensic Sciences before going ahead with a trial.

Stay with WSFA 12 News for the latest developments.

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