Dale County killer asks for clemency; daughter wants him to die

Associated Press - November 3, 2010 7:54 PM ET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The daughter of an Alabama death row inmate nearing execution says he made her life a nightmare and he should be put to death as scheduled Thursday.

Melinda Hallford Powell, a 40-year-old who lives in North Carolina, said Wednesday she was "like a zombie" for years after her father, Phillip Hallford, forced her to lure her boyfriend to an isolated site in Dale County, where he shot the boy to death in 1987. She was 15, her boyfriend, Eddie Shannon, was 16.

Hallford has asked the governor for clemency and the Alabama Supreme Court for a stay.

Shannon's stepmother, Angelita Johns, said what Hallford did is "unforgivable" and the execution should have taken place long ago.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Powell said the execution will be "a relief."

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