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Victim's family awaits parole decision for drunk driver

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(WMC-TV) – A drunk driver responsible for the death of two children outside their Mid-South school could be released from prison next month, after spending less than half her sentence behind bars.

A little more than nine years have passed since Christina Morgan - 25-years-old and drunk behind the wheel - jumped a curb and plowed into three children walking home from what was then Southwind Middle School.

Malcolm Williams and Edgar Akpotu, both 12, died within a few days of each other, while 12-year-old Jake Overzet survived.

"He had an orbital fracture," said his dad, Jim. "Half his ear was cut off. He had facial fractures, he had two broken arms, he had a cracked pelvis, two broken ankles, a broken wrist and a broken toe."

Jim Overzet said it was a miracle his son survived. An athlete up until the time of the crash, Jake is now a college student at UT Knoxville, but unable to participate in sports.

"Because of some of the injuries in the accident, he wasn't able to play at the level he needed to for college, and so he's gone on to be a regular student," Jim Overzet said.

"Thank goodness he does not have memory of being hit," added Jake's mother, Carol. "That memory never came back."

In 2007, Christina Morgan asked for parole from her 22 year sentence.

"I stay up at night thinking about what I did," she said at the time. "I have a 6-year-old son, too. I'm sorry for what I did. I'll live with it the rest of my life."

Morgan had only served five years at the time, and was denied an early release, even though her mother said her daughter had changed while behind bars. She'd received drug and alcohol counseling and gotten her GED.

She'd also assaulted two prison guards, and was sent to segregation for several months. Now she's up for parole again in August.

"I think she needs to remain in prison," Carol Overzet said.

The Overzets say sentencing for DUI and vehicular homicide is already too lenient, and that 22 years behind bars for killing two boys and injuring another isn't too much to ask.

"Two boys did die," Jim Overzet said. "Another boy's life was altered, along with extended families. In my opinion, she needs to serve out her punishment."

Action News 5 requested an interview with Christina Morgan behind bars. She originally said yes, but then said she wanted to talk to her mentor first. Later, she sent word through a prison spokesperson that she was not interested in talking.  Instead, she'll save whatever she has to say for the parole board.

The Overzets will be at that hearing, as they were for the last one.

"We just want to see that she serves a penalty, and if the state believes that her penalty has been served, then there's not much we can do about that," Jim Overzet said. "But you know, she did kill two boys."

Christina Morgan's parole hearing is scheduled for August 8th. We'll let you know what the board decides.

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