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It's a crime that continues to generate anger and disbelief in Montgomery and beyond- the destruction of the home of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks. The case took center stage this Labor Day at an annualMore >>
The community is uniting to help catch the criminals who desecrated a piece of Montgomery history. The vandalism of Rosa Parks' home angered many across the city and hundreds have donated in an effort to help find those responsible. Crimestoppers is hoping a bigger reward will crack the case.More >>
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A Russian official is complaining that EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso breached confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks if it wished.More >>
Russian military forces have been spotted in both major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine, an official said Tuesday, prompting Ukraine to declare it now has to fight the Russian army, not just the separatists.More >>
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U.S. military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group's fugitive leader.More >>
U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group's leader.More >>
WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -
The suspect in a brutal Elmore County homicide pleaded guilty to capital murder just weeks before he was set to go to trial. Josh Caspari entered his plea before a judge Thursday morning and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Caspari, who was set to go to trial on Oct. 28, was accused of shooting to death 20-year-old Wetumpka resident Anna Cardwell at the home she shared with her parents in February 2012.
Anna Cardwell's parents, Paula and Joe Cardwell, chose to stay in their home near Wetumpka instead of moving after their daughter was shot to death near the kitchen.
"This is family land and we want to be here. We'll need to make new memories here," Paula Cardwell said.
In fact, Paula Cardwell has left her daughter's bedroom the way it was the day she died for the most part. Anna Cardwell died four months before her 21st birthday.
"It gives me a lot of comfort," said Cardwell.
This interview with Paula Cardwell came just hours after Josh Caspari changed his mind and pleaded guilty to capital murder.
"I think he was uncomfortable with the trial coming up," said Cardwell.
Paula Cardwell says she hasn't been able to forgive and let go yet.
"As a Christian, I know I need to forgive but I am working on that," she said.
The family describes Anna Cardwell as someone who was happy and funny.
Paula Cardwell works at Lake Pharmacy in Holtville. She recalled one day when Anna came in and noticed the staff was not having a good day. Anna promptly took a marker and scribbled 'it's 5 o clock somewhere' on the window.
"Anna lit up the room and breathed life into this home and wherever she went," her mother said.
Investigators say Caspari murdered Anna Cardwell in her own home because Anna was trying to convince a friend not to date him.
"I don't know what the truth is. He knows, but we may never know," said Cardwell.
Cardwell addressed Caspari in court for the first time before he was sentenced. She told him he had "caused a great deal of pain and changed many lives." Caspari never said a word and just kept looking down.
Caspari will be transferred to a state prison within 30 days.