Verdict doesn’t take away the sting for family
Updated: April 16, 2013 2:28PM
Ten years is a long time to wait for justice, and it still doesn’t take away the grief.
“Justice is never going to be served as long as my uncle is dead and she’s walking on earth,” said Liz Ford, following a guilty verdict Friday in the shooting death of her favorite uncle, Dennis Campbell. He was 52.
But Ford said the outcome of a five-day bench trial “could not have gone better,” leading to the conviction of Sherry Halligan, who hid as a fugitive for six years after initially confessing to the crime.
Ford said Halligan’s accusations of domestic abuse were painful for the family to hear.
“Ninety-nine percent of what she said was all lies,” Ford said.
Ford considered her uncle more of a “brother, father and best friend,” after he took Ford and three siblings into his home in response to a family situation.
“There wasn’t a better man on earth. I miss him every day,” she said. “I could always count on him.”
Ford said she strongly agreed with the characterization of Assistant State’s Attorney Cheryl Galvin, who said Halligan should win the award for best overacting when she took the stand Wednesday in her own defense.
During the six years Halligan went into hiding and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” Ford said she “prayed daily (Halligan) would be found and found guilty.”