Arkansas family hopes Governor denies clemency recommendation

Arkansas family hopes Governor denies clemency recommendation

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) - The family of an Arkansas murder victim pleads with Governor Asa Hutchinson to deny clemency to a death row inmate.

John Melbourne, Junior was beaten, strangled, and burned before he was killed in 1996.

His body was found in the small town of Omaha, just north of Harrison, AR.

On Wednesday, the Arkansas Parole Board recommended clemency for death row inmate Jason McGehee.

McGehee was the ringleader of the gang that killed Melbourne and organized the attack.

ABC affiliate KATV spoke with Melbourne's family about the parole board's decision.

"it just keeps coming back," Melbourne's mother said." It messed me up emotionally and mentally."

20 years have passed since Melbourne's murder but his family said it doesn't get any easier to accept.

"Make this happen," Melbourne's brother said. "We've been waiting for this for 20 years. My brother deserves some peace."

Governor Hutchinson will make the final decision on McGehee's clemency.

If Hutchinson denies the parole board's recommendation, McGehee is scheduled to be executed on April 27.

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