Fred Haynes, father of 23-year-old murder victim Darlene Haynes, brought his daughter’s ashes to court today for the sentencing hearing against her convicted killer.
Haynes spent the past four weeks attending each day of the trial of Julie Corey, 29, convicted last week of murdering Darlene Haynes and then removing Haynes’ fetus from her womb and trying to pass off the infant as her own.
“I couldn’t do what I wanted to do because I started shaking,” Haynes said about his desire to give a victim’s impact statement at the sentencing and speak on behalf of his daughter. “I wanted to talk. It was hard.”
With the help of prosecutors, “It was brought up anyway,” Haynes said. “The lawyer did it.”
The gold container of ashes sat on a table about 10 feet away from Corey during the prosecution’s statements to the jury.
Corey was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
While Haynes is glad the trial is over, he says the life sentence is not a full resolution.
“[Corey’s] still going to have what she needs -- medical care, breakfast, lunch and dinner,” he said.
Throughout today’s hearing, Haynes saw no remorse from Corey.
“She had no emotion in there, no matter what was said. She just stared off in space, at least nothing I could see,” Haynes said.
According to MassLive.com, Judge Janet Kenton-Walker had agreed with a defense request to delay Corey’s sentencing hearing because the defendant was so emotional at the time the jury read its verdict.
The prosecution also read a letter written by the victim’s 9-year-old daughter. Haynes said the letter talked about how she wished her mother were with her and about how they used to go out trick-or-treating.
“Even when the judge read my granddaughter’s letter, there was nothing there,” Haynes said of Corey’s demeanor.
Corey’s defense attorney, Michael Wilcox, said that under Massachusetts law an automatic appeal will be filed on Corey’s behalf.
Wilcox expects the appeal process to take two to three years.
Corey will carry out her sentence at MCI – Framingham, the state Department of Correction's only prison for female offenders.
Wilcox said he’s disappointed with the verdict.
“The facts are the facts and there are things that we could not overcome,” he said.