Victim's family protests to get death penalty for convicted murderer

BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - The man convicted in a quadruple murder will learn his fate on Wednesday.

The family of the victims want Scott Lamar Abbott sentenced to death. Abbott was convicted in October. The jury recommended he be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, but the judge can overturn that recommendation.

In an effort to sway the judge, one of the victim's family members has started a petition and gathered more than 4,000 signatures.

"We feel we've done pretty much all that's physically possible for us to do," said Randy Syx who organized the petition against Abbott. "We've spent almost every waking moment for the last six weeks dedicated completely to this. So, we feel good about our efforts.  Whether or not they actually have an effect on Judge Parsons, only God knows the answer to that."

The families are also planning a peaceful protest, this morning. It begins at 11:00 a.m. on the steps of the Jefferson County Courthouse in Bessemer.

Abbott will be sentenced at 2:00 p.m.

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