Aug 27, 2007

See, living life is complicated

In the video tape, Foster sits across the table from two Clayton County Police detectives, a little before 4 a.m. He is read his Miranda rights, and declines to comment. Foster, slumped in a chair in the interrogation room, then asks the two detectives what he is being charged with. The detectives, only the back of their heads visible in the video tape, say, “Murder.”

“Can you tell me which child has passed?” Foster asks.

“The little girl,” a detective says.

Foster begins to cry.

“You OK?” one detective asks.

“No,” Foster says.

“You need a tissue or something? Huh?”

“There’s no shame in crying Robert,” the other detective says. “Not at all.”

Foster covers his face with his hands, pounds his foot on the floor, and weeps.

“Y’all going to kill me,” he says. “Y’all kill me. I don’t care.”

The one detective speaks softly, “No, we don’t kill anybody, Robert.”

In the tape, Foster says life is complicated and the two detectives agree with him.

The one detective says, “Life’s that way.”

The other detective says, “See, living life is complicated.”

The first detective says, “Mmmm hhmmm. Sure is.”

“But,” Foster says, “most people don’t kill kids. Most people don’t kill good kids.”

The three men are then silent. The two detectives look across the table at their suspect. Foster speaks quietly, “I know what my punishment should be. I’m going to request it myself: A life for a life.”

“Well,” one detective says, “that’s up for the courts to decide, not us.”

“Yeah,” the other detective says, “they decide that there.”

On the fourth floor of the Clayton County courthouse, the jury went into deliberations Saturday morning, trying to decide if Foster’s punishment should be death, life in prison without parole, or life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Read the full stories @ the Clayton News Daily:
Death penalty trial set to begin
Potential jurors questioned
Jurors hear opening statements in captial murder trial
Jury finds Foster guilty of 5-year-old's murder
Foster gets life w/o parole