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Julie and Robin Kerry.

By Elizabeth Matthews

St. Louis (KSDK) - A convicted killer will likely take the stand Wednesday as part of a hearing to determine if his trial was fair and his death sentence was just.

Reggie Clemons was found guilty in the 1991 murders of Julie and Robin Kerry. The hearing was delayed Tuesday because of legal issues.

Clemons believes he deserves another day in court, but the hearing is opening old wounds for family and friends of the victims.

It's been 21 years since the Kerry sisters were raped and pushed to their deaths off the Chain of Rocks Bridge.

One friend says the pain never goes away.

"As long as they don't understand that what they did was wrong and that they deserve the sentences that they got, there's not going to be any closure," said Libby Hodges.

For 21 years friends like Hodges and family have been dealing with pain and confusion about the deaths of two young women, Julie and Robin Kerry.

And now that wound is open again with a new hearing for Reggie Clemons, one of the four convicted killers of the Kerry sisters.

Victims advocacy counselor Peggy Tyson calls them co-victims. The people like Libby Hodges who are closely connected to the victims, are hurt again each time there's a trial or hearing or any new development.

Tyson says in high-profile crimes like this one it's not just those related to the victims that are affected.

"It reminds them of their own loved one or their neighbors or their cousin. Rarely do I have a client come in who doesn't have a touch of homicide in their life," said Tyson.

She explained that people are intrigued by homicide cases. The more high-profile, the more followers.

Hodges grew up with the Kerry family, but now lives in Georgia. Even though she's not here physically she says that she is here emotionally in the courtroom, supporting the Kerry family.

"They didn't deserve it, I mean I don't think anybody deserves that, but especially them because they were just really good people," said Hodges.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, contact the Crime Victim Advocacy Center at 314-652-3623. The hotline is open 24 hours a day.



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