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Judge seals fate of Purcell killer

By James S. Tyree Modified: April 4, 2008 at 6:44 am •  Published: April 4, 2008
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likely will be housed on the death row unit at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Girl's family finds justice in killer's death sentence
The Cleveland County district attorney's office prosecuted the case; the state attorney general's office will take over for the appeals process.

Chiles said Jamie's family is preparing for what could be years of legal appeals.

"Getting to the main goal of putting him to death is going to be worth it in the end,” she said.

At the courthouse Thursday, Chiles, who attended the sentencing with her younger sister, said emotions still ran high when seeing him in court.

"I get very angry when I look at him; I can't really explain it,” she said. "At first, it was sorrow and shock; now it's anger.”

Contributing: Staff Writer Tony Thornton

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BACKGROUND
The case at a glance
Jamie Rose Bolin's body was found hidden in a plastic tub in Kevin Underwood's closet on April 14, 2006, two days after she disappeared from the apartment she shared with her father upstairs from Underwood's.

Underwood consented to a search during an interview with the FBI. His taped confession, made hours later, was played for jurors during Underwood's trial. In the video, Underwood admitted fantasizing about kidnapping a young boy or girl and then engaging in torture, decapitation and molestation of the body.

Jurors deliberated 25 minutes to convict him of murder on Feb. 28. It took them eight hours to choose his fate a week later.

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