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Man sentenced to life in prison for killing elderly couple

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Moore is 65 years old, and family members of the victims said he may die behind bars before being executed anyway, and now they can move on. Moore is 65 years old, and family members of the victims said he may die behind bars before being executed anyway, and now they can move on.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The family of an elderly couple murdered in Lawrence County agreed to allow the district attorney to take the death penalty off of the table for the convicted killer.

Betty and Bailey Nichols' family members said they decided it was time to put the ordeal to an end. With an automatic appeal upon a death sentence, and the possibility of further appeals, they said this will spare them having to relive the murders in court.

Thursday night, the jury convicted Charles Moore for shooting and killing Bailey and Betty Nichols in their Hatton home in late 2009. He will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Moore is 65 years old, and family members of the victims said he may die behind bars before being executed anyway, and now they can move on.

"We did not want the death penalty on there. We were okay with it being off. Whether we had the death penalty or not, it was not going to bring my parents back. He's going to die in prison one way or another, so why not make it easier on ourselves," said Rachel Hughes, the victims' daughter.

"To come into a home, a home where they were married for 56 years, and raise their family with great family members there, and to be slaughtered in your own home, there's no two ways around it. It's the very picture of good versus evil," said District Attorney Errek Jett.

Several of the Nichols' family members addressed Moore during the sentencing hearing Friday, offering forgiveness to the convicted killer.

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