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Oklahoma Group: It's Time To Give Homicide Victims A Voice

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This time Busch has decided to fight for support of Barry Van Treese's family.   The man was beaten to death with a baseball bat in 1997 by Justin Sneed, who Glossip hired to carry out the murder. This time Busch has decided to fight for support of Barry Van Treese's family. The man was beaten to death with a baseball bat in 1997 by Justin Sneed, who Glossip hired to carry out the murder.
Ken Busch has heard a lot of opinions lately, the loudest are in support of convicted murderer Richard Glossip. Anti-death penalty Activist Sister Helen Pejean continues a constant flow of support on Twitter. Ken Busch has heard a lot of opinions lately, the loudest are in support of convicted murderer Richard Glossip. Anti-death penalty Activist Sister Helen Pejean continues a constant flow of support on Twitter.
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Death row inmate Richard Glossip is set to be executed in less than one month. Since his murder conviction he has maintained his innocence, and has garnered all kinds of support from behind bars.

But now one group in Oklahoma said they've had enough and it's time the victims have a voice.

"I'm not here to change your opinion. I'm not here to change their opinion. All I'm here to say is why I support the death penalty. Why it is just," said Ken Busch with the Homicide Survivor's Support Group.

Ken Busch has heard a lot of opinions lately. The loudest are in support of convicted murderer Richard Glossip. Anti-death penalty Activist Sister Helen Pejean continues a constant flow of support on Twitter, writing the state risks executing an innocent man, pointing to flaws in Glossip's case and how his conviction rests on the testimony of one man.

8/10/2015 Related Story: Fight To Save Glossip Continues As Actress Takes Aim At Governor

Most recently Oscar Winning actress Susan Sarandon has brought celebrity power to Glossip's defense. The actress is raising international eyebrows.

"Governor of Oklahoma is just a horrible person and a woman so it's even more disturbing," said actress Susan Sarandon.

Sarandon has since apologized for that statement and has stuck to what she hopes that Glossip is at least granted a stay for his new attorneys to collect more evidence in his case.

8/10/2015 Related Story: Actress, Anti-Death Penalty Advocate Respond To Gov. Fallin's Office On Twitter

But Busch has a message to Sarandon and any anti-death penalty advocate attempting to withhold what he considers justice.

"My question to her is how do you know? How do you know and how could you even imagine. Have you walked one step in my shoes? Just one. I don't want you to," Busch said.

That’s because Busch himself takes each day in stride. In 1990 his 7-year-daughter Kathy was brutally beaten, stabbed and murdered then left in a dumpster.

"You can either crawl in the corner and die with them or you can stand and fight," Busch said.

This time Busch has decided to fight for support of Barry Van Treese's family. Van Treese was beaten to death with a baseball bat in 1997 by Justin Sneed, who Glossip hired to carry out the murder.

Busch is part of the group Homicide Survivors Support. Each member was united by the pain left when a loved one was murdered.

"We're not a group with blood dripping from our fangs, we don't have a blood lust we're not out here to see every killer out there executed. We want justice, we want the right person executed," Busch said.

To the group, Glossip is the right person. Found guilty by two juries, his sentence was upheld through multiple appeals.

"By any definition in the United States, that's guilty. So it's time for justice to be served," Busch said.

Years after his daughter's murder, Busch watched Kathy's killer being executed. After that he said he felt less stress and less worry -- emotions he feels the Van Treese family deserves.

"If he had been given life without paroles than that’s what they family would accept, life without parole,” said Busch. “For (the Van Treese) family to see justice, sentences have to be carried out."

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