20-years since the murder of Terri Boyer in Newburgh, now the man convicted wants a re-trial. Mark Jervis has been behind bars since he was arrested for Terri Boyer's murder in 1993. Today he presented his case for post-conviction relief to the same judge that handed him a 60-year prison sentence in 1995.
Terri Boyer's family buried her body 20-years ago, but today the memory of her brutal death is dug up again.
"I wish he wasn't here. I believe an eye for an eye," said Boyer's daughter Mindy Adams-Rodriguez. She was 13-years-old at the time of her mother's death.
"He shouldn't ever be released. He took something from me I'll never get back," said Boyer's daughter Kimberly Boyer. She was 4-years-old when her mother was murdered.
Jervis also asked to take a plea deal that was offered to him in 1995, reducing his sentence from 60-years to 40-years. However Jervis maintains his innocence, so the judge says a plea bargain is not an option.
Warrick County Chief Deputy Marvin Heilman was the lead detective for Boyer's murder case.
"From blood evidence from the victim on his clothes, to personal items of the victim in his car, and again it was a solid conviction in '95," said Chief Deputy Heilman. "Unfortunately for him he still has a 10-year commitment on his sentence to serve in prison, and I expect he will do those next 10-years as well."
Now 68-years-old, Jervis claims his declining health is a reason to consider post-conviction relief.
"It shouldn't matter his health. He wasn't in bad health when he murdered my mom. So what's any difference 20-years from now," said Adams-Rodriguez.
20 years later and the pain of Terri Boyer's death is still felt, but her memory lives on through her daughters, who faced their mother's killer in court.
"I just want him to see me because everybody says I look just like her (Terri Boyer) and I just want him to know she's still here. He might have taken her body from us, but she's still here," said Kimberly Boyer.
Both the prosecution and defense will have 30 days to review today's hearing and submit a report to the judge. The judge will then have 90 days to reach a decision.