OKLAHOMA CITY — It was 19 years ago in this very alley where Deborah Dennis was murdered, gunned down during an attempted robbery.
The killer received a life sentence but now her family is fighting to make sure he isn’t a free man, just 16 years after his conviction.
“He might as well have killed me because there’s a part of me that died and will never, ever come back,” the victim’s mother, Louise Johnson, said.
Louise Johnson said Quincy Foster initially opened their car door and put a gun to her head on April 14, 1993, but it misfired.
After hearing Deborah only had 24 cents in her pocket, he pulled the trigger and killed her, right outside her own home.
“I picked her head up and she said, ‘My God, momma, I’ve been shot,’” Johnson said. “I said, ‘Oh no, baby,’ and I picked her head up and she died in my arms.”
Foster went on the run and was featured on America’s Most Wanted before being caught in Salt Lake City.
After he was convicted of first-degree murder, only one juror kept him from getting the death penalty; he received life in prison.
But in July, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-to-2 for his release.
Now the family is fighting to keep the convicted murderer in prison.
They have started a petition online.
The family has been told Gov. Fallin will make her decision on whether to release Foster within the next two weeks.