Fam­ily of mur­dered N.B. store clerk pre­pares again for killer’s pa­role hear­ing

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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.

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