The relatives of a six-year-old child who was murdered in Georgia expressed their wishes that the death penalty not be sought against his killer and said they wanted “people to know the true story” of what happened to the child. “Me and the father and the mother, none of us want the death sentence,” said Thomas Murphy, the boy’s uncle. “We want him to live knowing what he [has] done. We want him to live every day of his life knowing what he [has] done to this child. Death is too easy.” The child, Michael Levigne, and his grandmother were allegedly shot by his grandfather Robert “Bobby” Clark over a family dispute regarding a watermelon. The grandmother is expected to survive.

(C. Towers, “Family: Death penalty ‘too easy’ for Commerce granddad,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 15, 2009). See Victims.