Chambers Sentenced in Couple Slaying

Chambers Sentenced in Couple Slaying

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MOBILE, Ala. - Three years after the murders of Roy and Sherley Ezell, the man convicted in the crimes is sentenced.

Jakarrey Chambers received a 99 years for each victim to serve consecutively. The judge also ordered that a photo of the couple be placed in the cell with him. It was a request of the victim, Sherley Ezell's sister and a sentence family members are pleased with.

"He had no reason to do that. He need to look at that picture as long as he lives. Everyday. Just like we look at her picture everyday," said Cynthia Bradley, Sherley's cousin.

Family members say the couple treated Chambers like a grandson. Chambers was 19 years old when he brutally beat the two with a baseball bat. Roy Ezell was also stabbed.

Photos of their beaten bodies were shown in court. As for a motive, the assistant district attorney says it's still hard to conclude. "It's hard to read somebody's mind like that. When they brutally murder someone like that with a baseball cap to the head, both victims. There's just no way to read his mind," said Keith Blackwood.

Meanwhile, the defense maintains his client is innocent, saying someone else did the killing.  "He never wavered from his original statement that he was not involved in the case," said Michael Hickman.

The home where the couple lived still sits abandoned. Neighbors say it's a constant reminder of the tragic killings.  "They drive by and see that house and make people remember that a family lived there. It was a man that was good to his wife," said Mario Osborne.

"They were doing work on it at the time of the murders, but right now they haven't done anything to it. It's sad. It's a tragedy," said Kimberly Gales.

There were no words, but only tears from Jakarrey Chamber's family. This, as the families of the victims continue to heal.

I" pray for the young man. I hope he can find it in his heart to ask God to forgive him for what he did. You know, we already forgave him, but you know, he has to suffer the consequences for what he did," Eugene McNair.

The defense does plan to appeal.
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