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Within the walls of the Pima County Courthouse, a jury on Tuesday decided the fate of child murderer Christopher Payne.
"Justice was served to him," said Detective Mike Orozco of the Tucson Police Department. "And the jurors saw fit for him to get the rightful sentence that he deserved."
Many who have followed the case agree with the jury's decision to execute Payne.
"He's responsible for the death of two young kids," said Bob Vielledent of Tucson. "He should die."
"It feels like he tortured his kids to death," said Jessica Von Radesky of Tucson. "I mean, you starve your kids, that's absolutely dreadful. And his rights should be completely stripped if he's taking away the rights of two innocent children."
Yet while many are quick to put Payne to death, the process itself is long and arduous.
"The rule generally, so to speak, in the United States is it's about anywhere between 8 to 12 to 15 years between conviction to execution," said Tucson defense attorney Brick Storts.
The reason, according to Storts, is due to the appellate process, where lawyers can essentially argue that Payne received inadequate legal representation during his trial.
"So I mean, that's an area that gets to be a little subjective," Storts said. "One attorney does things one way, and one does another."
And he says the appeals process for death penalty cases can cost millions of dollars.
"I mean in legal fees and expert witness fees," Storts said.
That's one more reason why some simply argue for life in prison.
"Well because as a human being, I don't believe I have the right to decide if somebody else should die," said Elizabeth Fimbres of Tucson.