PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maureen Faulkner has waited nearly 30 years for her husband's murderer to be executed. But following a seemingly endless cycle of legal appeals, she says she realizes it will never happen.
On Wednesday, Faulkner approved the decision by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to stop pursuing the death penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal.
The 58-year-old former Black Panther will now spend the rest of his life in prison for gunning down white police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.
Williams, the city's first black district attorney, says that continuing to seek capital punishment in the racially charged case could lead to even more years of appeals.
Faulkner says the case has taken an unimaginable physical and emotional toll on her and the officer's family.