PURCELL — A former aunt of Jamie Rose Bolin was relieved Thursday to see and hear a judge sentence Kevin Ray Underwood to death for her niece's murder in 2006.
But Linda Chiles' satisfaction only went so far.
"Nothing can fix what he did,” she said. "This will always be something that weighs on our minds and, of course, on his parents.'”
Underwood, 28, was convicted Feb. 28 of killing his 10-year-old neighbor in his Purcell apartment.
On Thursday, McClain County District Judge Candace Blalock sentenced Underwood to die by lethal injection on June 13, though an appeal is automatic and others are likely to follow.
Blalock's pronouncement was largely a formality, since a jury recommended the death penalty last month after convicting Underwood in Jamie's death. Underwood declined the judge's offer to speak before she issued the sentence.
During his 10-minute court appearance, Underwood asked to waive the 10-day waiting period to be transferred from jail to prison.