Killer's execution set for the morning
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Reporter: Craig Smith
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for an Arizona execution Wednesday.
Richard Stokley is scheduled to die for the murder of two 13-year-old girls.
Richard Stokley has lived behind bars for 21 years. Now he is scheduled to die behind bars, in a matter of hours.
Patty Hancock will be there to watch. Stokley killed her 13-year old-daughter Mandy Meyers and Mandy's friend Mary Snyder.
Hancock says, "They murdered two children. They dumped them in the bottom of an abandoned mine shaft. It took them four hours to torture them babies. They stabbed them. They broke my daughter's bones."
She says "they" because Stokley did not act alone. He was with Randy Brazeal when the two men took the two girls from a campsite, raped, tortured and murdered them.
Stokely got the death penalty. Brazeal got just 20 years. Since it took so long to get DNA tests -- and too much time would have gone by under the speedy trial law and he might have walked -- prosecutors allowed Brazeal to plead guilty to second-degree murder. Stokley's attorney waived the time limit.
When the tests did come back, they were strong evidence against both men -- but Brazeal's plea deal was already locked in.
Now that 20 years have passed, Stokley awaits execution but Brazeal is free and that weighs on Patty Hancock.
"She was my child, and we miss her and I just can't stand the thought of him walking the street," she said.
But she takes comfort in knowing in a few hours Richard Stokley will never walk the streets again.