Convicted killer's parole hearing nears

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Jones County, MS (WDAM) - A Pine Belt woman is being forced to relive the brutal murder of her mother back in 1983.  The killer, Eric Fuselier, is up for parole even though he was sentenced to life, and it's not the first time he has a chance to be free.

Life was cut short for Rose Gunter in 1983, she was brutally murdered in her Jones County home by two men. Stabbed more than 40 times and raped.

"She was healthy person, so, the chance of her living a long, long life, we expected her to."said Brenda Housley, Gunter's daughter.

"She was a fighter, she struggled with them."

Brenda Housley is fighting once again to keep Eric Fuselier, one of the men convicted of killing her mother, behind bars. For the 2nd time in 10 years Fuselier is up for parole.

Jones County Assistant District Attorney J. Ronald Parrish is outraged.

Parrish said, "He was sentenced to death twice by a Jones County jury and the Mississippi Supreme Court in it's so called ultimate wisdom gave him a new trial twice. Finally, it just got to the point where this lady's family couldn't go through it again, so they just went ahead and gave him life in prison. Well, apparently that doesn't mean life."

In the past, Brenda has had the opportunity to speak on her mother's behalf, face to face with a member of the parole board. This time, it wasn't an option.

Housley said she was only allowed to give a statement by phone. "When I called for my appointment to go up there the first thing they told me was that I would not be able to appear at his actual hearing. In the past, I thought I had that right."

Parrish said, "They are going to conduct a hearing to turn this killer out, and they're telling this woman's daughter that she can't come up there and appear before the parole board. It's not just her, apparently they are doing that with everybody. This was a vicious, heinous crime, he shouldn't be considered for parole."

Housley goes on to say,"I would hope that any parole board member, or all of them, would look at his file and see the type of crime that he had committed, and  beyond a shadow of a doubt not parole him, keep him in jail where he belongs."

Fuselier's hearing is set for February. Brenda said she won't give up, and she plans to send a letter to the Governor and every member of the parole board pleading for justice.

Seven on your side tried to reach out to the State Parole Board, but due to the holiday the office was closed.

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