"It was just cold blooded murder;" Man talks about mother's murder after suspect's appeal

(Photo provided by Allen Freeman)

AMHERST Co., Va. (WSET) -- The suspect in a brutal murder in 2015 recently applied for an appeal in the case, but was denied.

Edward Marshall was found guilty of second degree murder in the death of Norma Jean Freeman, and aggravated malicious wounding, burglary, and petit larceny in March 2016, and was then sentenced to life plus 65 years on all the charges in July 2016.

When the guilty verdict was read, he took the stand and shouted "Someone is still out there. I am not the killer!"

Allen Freeman, Norma Jean's son, said the attack on his family still affects him both physically and mentally.

"The kind of crime that he did, it was meaningless, there wasn't any emotion in it. It was just cold blooded murder," he said. "My eyes have gotten worse, I actually had a another detached retina in the same eye that I had before."

Allen was taking care of his mother, who had dementia, at the time of the attack.

On January 22, 2015, Edward Leroy Marshall broke into their home and attacked them while they were sleeping.

Allen said he was beaten within an inch of his life and his mother was beaten to death.

"It's been harder than I thought it would be," he said. "Just thinking about it on the way over here, I got emotional."

Marshall applied to appeal to overturn the court's decision, but it was denied.

Allen said he's glad the court ruled in their favor.

"Nothing can ever erase what he did, but they only thing that we can hope for is that he can't do it again," Allen said.

Marshall still maintains that he is innocent.

There is no word from his attorney's office if he plans to appeal again.

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