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Girls' father hoping for death penalty

Friday, November 4, 2005

ROCKVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Chad Allan Cottrell qualifies for the death penalty but Parke County Prosecutor Steve Cvengros would consult with the families of the victims before deciding whether to file capital charges, Cvengros said. Each of the murder charges also carry prison sentences of 45 years to 65 years.

The girls' father, Ryan Williams, said he favored the death penalty.

"I feel lost. My daughters are dead and I'm lost. I know that the world's gonna keep turning and the sun's gonna come up, but it's gonna turn a little slower and the sun's not gonna be as bright," Williams said at a news conference.

The killings have shocked this rural community about 20 miles northwest of Brazil that's best known for its annual covered bridge festival, which was held last month. About 20 state and local police officers provided tight security as Cottrell, wearing a protective vest, was ushered into Parke Circuit Court for his arraignment before Judge Sam Swaim.

Swaim ordered Cottrell held without bond in the Parke County Jail and appointed attorney Jessie Cook to represent him.

Williams, during the news conference with Cvengros, recalled his slain daughters with fondness.

"Brittany was really rambunctious. She was just so much into dresses and jewelry. And Tori, we called her Tori-bear, because when she hugged you she kinda growled," Williams said.

The girls' stepsister, 13-year-old Ambreena Adams, wiped away tears as she also spoke at the news conference.

"If you have a brother or sister, show them that you love them and that you need them and that you can't live without them, because I don't know how I'm going to live without my sisters," she said.

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