Florida shooting victim Margaret Jagger in US court appearance

Margaret Jagger and Gary Colley Margaret Jagger and Gary Colley were shot at by gunmen in Florida on 14 September 1993

A woman from Bradford whose partner was murdered in Florida 20 years ago is due in court later to call for the killer to stay in prison.

Margaret Jagger's partner, Gary Colley, was fatally shot by two robbers as the holidaymakers rested in a lay-by near Tallahassee in September 1993.

The gunmen, Aundra Akins and John Crumitie, were later jailed for life for Mr Colley's murder.

Ms Jagger is expected to speak in court against Akins' early release.

Ms Jagger, from Wilsden, was left cradling Mr Colley in her arms as he bled to death when the gunmen opened fire on their hire car on the night of 14 September 1993.

Analysis

The 1993 shooting of Margaret Jagger and her long-term partner Gary Colley in a Florida roadside rest area made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic.

Mr Colley's death in the botched robbery attempt by the two young gunmen became the ninth in a series of killings that damaged Florida's $30bn (£19.5bn) yearly tourist industry.

Ms Jagger underwent the ordeal of giving evidence at several trials over four years before gunmen Aundra Akins and John Crumitie were given life sentences.

Lawyers are now trying to get Akins' minimum 27 year tariff extended.

'Traumatic moment'

After several trials, Akins, who was 14 at the time of the shooting, was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in jail in 1997.

He was found guilty of firing the fatal bullet which brushed past Ms Jagger but killed Mr Colley.

Akins, now 34, is believed to be nearing parole due to his good behaviour in prison.

He is due in court in Monticello, Florida, as lawyers seek to have his sentence extended.

At that hearing, Ms Jagger is expected to deliver a victim impact statement supporting a longer jail sentence.

BBC Look North's Crime Correspondent, John Cundy, who has spoken to Ms Jagger, said she was "extremely nervous" about the court appearance.

"It's a very traumatic moment for her but she's there to tell the court the impact has never left her," he said.

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