Investigators later found Dobrovolny covered with scratches — marks likely made by Katie as she struggled for her life.
Dobrovolny is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
"There are days I just don't want to live,” Middleton said. "I don't even want to get out of bed. Why couldn't it have been me instead of her?”
Middleton noticed an eerie similarity in the locations of both killings. She mentioned the desolate dirt road where Paschal-Placker and Whitaker's lifeless bodies were found and said it reminded her of the road where Katie's body was recovered.
"I hope they catch whoever did this,” she said.
In March 2006, the Department of Human Services took her eldest daughter — Desziray, now 14 — away from her and placed the child in the home of her former in-laws. A month later the state agency took away her son, Darren, who is now 10. He lives in a foster home and has no contact with his mother.
"My life has been hell ever since,” Middleton said. "My family is in a thousand pieces, and I don't know if I have the strength to pick up the pieces.”
Guest book: Taylor Dawn Paschal-Placker
Guest book: Skyla Jade Whitaker