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Thu February 27, 2014

How The Murder Of A Loved One Forced One Death Penalty Foe To Reexamine Stance

Former State Senator Debbie Regala stands in front of a painting by her late brother-in-law, who was murdered.
Paula Wissel

Former state Sen. Debbie Regala says when her brother-in-law was strangled in 1980, her family had to ponder what they would want to have happen when the murderer was found.

She says she was angry, but in the end, it didn't change her long-standing opposition to capital punishment.

"Executing them doesn't make me feel any better. It doesn't bring them [the victims] back. It doesn't heal the terrible hurt that you feel," she said during an interview in her Tacoma home.

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