Edwin Shelley tries to restrain his emotion as he describes to reporters how he felt after a judge did not rule on the competency of death row inmate Michael Ross to waive his right to appeal his death sentance Thursday at a hearing in New London Superior Court. Ross is convicted of murdering four women in the 1980's, including Shelley's daughter Leslie who dissapeared with a friend on Easter Sunday in 1984. "They say time heals all wounds," said Shelley, "but that wound is still as open today as it was then". Ross is sentanced to die by lethal injection on January 26, 2005 and has elected not to appeal any further, but Judge Patrick Clifford said Ross must undergo further psychiatric evaluation to determine his mental competence and continued the hearing until December 28, 2004.
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