NetNebraska: The Nebraska Pardons Board will hear the case of Caril Ann Fugate Tuesday. At the age of 14 years old, Fugate was convicted of felony murder along with Charles Starkweather, a man who murdered seven people in Nebraska and Wyoming in the late 1950s. Fugate, who was Starkweather’s girlfriend, is seeking a pardon in the case.
Without hearing any testimony, Nebraska's three-member pardons board rejected a request from Caril Ann Clair, formerly Caril Ann Fugate for a hearing to clear her name.
It was Fugate's second and final request for a pardon since she and Charles Starkweather were convicted of killing 11 people in a murder spree that ended in Wyoming in 1958.
The vote came as a relief to Dave Ellis. Starkweather killed his cousin, Carol King, and her boyfriend near Bennet. READ MORE HERE
Liza Ward, granddaughter of murder victims C. Lauer Ward and Clara Ward, along with Fugate's attorney spoke with reporters Monday. She says she wants to see Fugate pardoned because of inconsistencies in her original trial, including that Starkweather changed his testimony multiple times before taking the stand.
Caril Ann Fugate with Charlie Starkweather
“We are inclined to hear his [Starkweather’s] story while the girl's is swallowed. That is something that is unconscionable to me. And it’s disrespectful not only to women everywhere, but it is disrespectful to the victims who were killed by him,” Ward said.
Ward hopes to be able to speak before the pardoning board along with Fugate’s attorney, John Stevens Berry, Sr.
Stevens Berry says Fugate would have been treated as a victim-witness in today’s legal system, and pardoning her is simply the right thing to do given the lack of evidence against her.
“I’m going to say this—do it because it’s the right thing. From Liza’s point of view, that includes mercy and understanding. You know what my point of view is? She [Fugate] was railroaded and she was innocent. But I agree with Liza, they should do it because it’s the right thing to do,” Stevens Berry said.
a recent photo of Caril (Fugate) Clair
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