A North Carolina Ku Klux Klan leader who shot and killed a 16 year old black girl with a crossbow is up for parole.
Russell Hinson, a KKK leader in the 1980s, was convicted of first degree murder in the cold blooded killing of Felicia Houston in 1992.
The teen was walking down the street with friends when, according to the Charlotte Observer, Hinson aimed and fired his razor-tipped arrow into the girl’s chest.
According to court records, Hinson had been ripped off by a black drug dealer and wanted to make someone black pay for what happened.
Hinson was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, but now the case is up for review by the North Carolina Parole Commission.
“If it hadn’t been for him, she would still be around with us,” said Felicia’s father, Eugene Houston. “He got life; he should do life.” Mr. Houston also says he’s forgiven his daughter’s killer.
The commission rarely approves parole for convicts who’ve been sentenced to life in prison.
Whereas Felicia Houston was at the prime of her life with a bright future ahead of her, Hinson had made white supremacy his full time occupation. Hinson described himself as the “Exalted Cyclops” of the KKK, according to the Observer, and had previously pleaded guilty to assaulting a black man who he said liked white girls.
So upon seeing the black girls walking on the sidewalk, Hinson told his companion that he didn’t care that they were just girls and “one of them is going to pay.” Felicia Houston fell to her knees as the arrow penetrated and her friends screamed in horror. Hinson and his friend then drove and got some alcohol.
Hinson, however, claims he’s a changed man and wants a shot at freedom.
“There’s no hatred there any more,” the inmate’s uncle, Dennis Long, told the Charlotte Observer.
Long said Hinson had found God in prison and now has African-American friends.
“We just have to learn to forgive,” Long said.