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Protests vs State Attorney’s Paul Merhige Plea Planned

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Protests vs State Attorney’s Paul Merhige Plea Planned

Jim Sitton at Makayla's gravesite (via Facebook)

Makayla Sitton‘s grieving parents aren’t going to go away quietly.

McAuliffe (via Facebook)

Friends of WPTV-Channel 5 cameraman Jim Sitton and his pregnant wife Muriel are planning a rally in front of State Attorney Michael McAuliffe‘s office. The gathering is to protest McAuliffe’s decision to accept a plea deal that keeps the killer of their 6-year-old daughter Makayla and three others on Thanksgiving Day 2009 off death row.

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The protest is planned for Nov. 10 in front of 401 N. Dixie Hwy downtown West Palm Beach. Organizers are planning to pull the permits this week.

– Sound off about this live tonight on Cop Talk Radio, at 7 p.m. on Seaview 960 AM

I’m told Jim Sitton isn’t scheduled to attend since WPTV newsroom employees aren’t supposed to participate in political gatherings so they can maintain their neutrality.

The protest is scheduled to take place two weeks before the second anniversary of Makayla Sitton’s death at her family’s home in Jupiter. She and three adult family members methodically were shot and killed by Paul Merhige, who pleaded guilty Oct. 27. In exchange for the plea, he was sentenced to seven life sentences instead of risk being handed the death penalty in a trial.

Jim, who got down on his knees, and Muriel Sitton made impassioned pleas to both McAuliffe and Judge Joseph Marx that Merhige go to trial, arguing that he deserves the death penalty.

For more:

No death penalty for Thanksgiving killer

Makayla’s dad: I work on my speech at lunchtime

Seven life sentences for Paul Merhige

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