(Memphis) After 12 years in prison, a Memphis woman says she’s ready for her freedom.
In 2002, Christina Morgan was driving drunk when she killed two Southwind Middle School students and seriously injured a third.
Wednesday, family members of the victims killed protested her parole.
One mother even vowed after three hearings in 12 years, this is the last hearing she’ll ever attend.
Mother Maria Akpotu said, “I don’t want to see you, you have suffered me and punished me more than I think I deserve.”
You can still hear the pain in the voice of the parents that spoke at the hearing. They attended the video parole hearing to oppose the release of Morgan.
When asked to speak at the hearing Christina Morgan said, “I want to apologize for my actions. When I was younger I lived a reckless lifestyle however throughout the years I’ve changed.”
Morgan’s friends spoke on her behalf saying prison was wearing on her mentally and she’d have a home and people to watch over her if she’s released.
When it was time for the parents of Edgar Akpotu and Malcolm Williams to speak, they made it clear why they think Morgan should stay in prison.
“She’s supposed to be plea bargaining for 20 years. Now, this is 12 years and she’s come up for parole a third time,” said father Malcolm Williams.
Williams’ son, who was named after him, and the child’s mother, Deborah Jenkins, were both on hand for the hearing.
Jenkins said, “Every time I come to the parole hearing I expect to see some remorse from Christina Morgan and each time she doesn’t know my son’s name and she killed my son.”
A decision is expected about Morgan’s release in the next 3 weeks. Whatever the parole board decides Maria Akpotu is passionate this is the last hearing she’ll ever attend.
“All we see is the beauty that he gave us for 12 years. That’s all we see now. She has no hold over us. I don’t want to see her. I don’t want to hear her voice and I mean it,” said Akpotu.
There was one survivor of that day, Jake Overzet.
Neither he nor his family was at this hearing.
WREG is told Jake made a miraculous recovery and has now graduated from college.