The family of a Greenville County deputy killed in the line of duty is now fighting to stop the parole of his convicted killer.
Marcus Whitfield was shot and killed when he and several other deputies were trying to break up a fight off Roper Mountain Road in Greenville County back on August 13, 1999. Cory Harris was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Whitfield's death, and received a total of 25 years behind bars for shooting him and injuring other officers in the incident.
Harris is up for parole on May 22, nearly 14 years after the case. It is the 8th such hearing, according to Whitfield's mother, Melita. "I just don't feel like a murderer should go free."
Whitfield and her husband, Mike, have organized a letter campaign, pleading with family members, friends, and even strangers to write a letter to the state parole board requesting they deny Harris's release. "We feel like we have to fight this, for Marcus," she says.
Those who want to can send in a letter through this memorial page.