COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The state parole board has delayed a vote on releasing a man convicted of killing a South Carolina sheriff's deputy and his father in 1975, despite a request from the victims' family.
Charles Wakefield Jr. originally was sentenced to die for killing former Deputy Frank Looper and his father, Rufus Looper Jr.
A board spokesman says the panel postponed a vote until a psychological report can be completed.
Adele McAuley and other surviving members of Looper's family told the parole board they have forgiven Wakefield and want him paroled so they can reach a sense of peace. McAuley says she is hopeful.
Representatives of the Greenville Police Department and prosecutor Bob Ariail's office oppose the release of Wakefield, who has said he's innocent.
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