Family of murdered N.B. store clerk prepares again for killer’s parole hearing
MONCTON, N.B. (CP) — Ron Davis and his family will pack their bags and head to Quebec next month to oppose the release of the murderer who killed his daughter more than 22 years ago.
“It never ends,” said Davis, who has made this trip a couple of times already.
Davis and his wife Frances and their daughters Rhonda Cormier and Brenda Davis Phillips will make the trip to Laval for Patrice Mailloux’s parole hearing on March 29.
They will read their victim impact statements and ask the National Parole Board to keep the killer behind bars.
The family says Mailloux, who shot Laura Mailloux while robbing a convenience store, has never shown remorse for his crime, committed the murder while on day parole and has continued to break the law while in custody.
The family attended a parole hearing in July 2006 and travelled to Laval last September for another hearing. On that occasion, just as Ron and Frances arrived in Laval, they received a call stating the hearing was cancelled at the request of the inmate with no reason given.
They were infuriated that the hearing was postponed with such short notice, but were not deterred from making the trek.
The Davises weren’t the only ones angry after the last-minute delay in September. Former Moncton North member Mike Murphy, who was the province’s attorney general at the time but has since quit politics, made a written submission to the parole board asking that Mailloux not be released. He also travelled to Laval to support the family at the hearing and was furious at the cancellation, vowing to return for the next hearing.
Justice Department spokesman Marc Belliveau said new Attorney General Kelly Lamrock has spoken with Murphy about the case as recently as Thursday.
“Our minister said he’ll do anything he can to support his efforts, for sure,” said Belliveau. “Our minister is well aware of it and has had numerous discussions with Mr. Murphy on it.”
In Murphy’s submission to the board, he said he fully supports the family’s efforts to keep Mailloux in prison and personally opposes his release.