It's been a long journey for loved ones of a Chattanooga woman burned to death by her ex-boyfriend. Now they tell us they finally have some relief.
An execution date has been set for Lee Hall after this 1991 killing.
"I can't say enough about how sweet she was, she didn't deserve it, that's for sure," said Heather Lewis, Crozier's best friend.
It's been a rough 23 years for Heather Lewis.
"She was just taken way too soon," said Lewis.
That's how long her best friend, Traci Crozier, has been gone.
"She was such a sweet, caring girl, she would do anything for anybody," said Lewis.
Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall, was convicted of killing his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend, Traci Crozier. He set her car on fire while she was inside.
"Just for the brutal way that he killed her, and just the fact that he killed her in general. How can you do that to somebody?" questions Lewis.
The state has set Hall's execution date for January 12, 2016. That’s 25 years after the crime.
While it's common for inmates to enter death row decades after being convicted, Lewis says it's unacceptable for families to wait that long for closure.
"This a long time coming. It should have happened a long time ago. I'm glad that this is in the works. He definitely deserves it," said Lewis.
But for Lewis, execution isn't enough.
"In my opinion, lethal injection wouldn't be good enough for him. I don't understand how you could do that to another person, especially her," said Lewis.
Lewis told NewsChannel 9 that this is a prime example of why she agrees with the death penalty.
"I just believe that people who feel like that its okay to go out and murder somebody, they need to be handled accordingly. That's not right," said Lewis.
Chattanooga Police Sergeant Bill Phillips was on the force when this case happened. He told NewsChannel 9 it's the worst crime scene he's experienced.
"You still get that sickening feeling, even though this is something you've done for years. You don't get used to things like this happening," said Sgt. Bill Phillips from the Chattanooga Police Department.
By Jerry Askin
The Tennessee Supreme Court has set an execution date for Lee Hall, the man convicted in the grisly 1991 death of his ex-girlfriend, Traci Crozier.
The court set a Jan. 12, 2016 date for the death of Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. He is at least the 11th condemned inmate to have an execution date scheduled.
Hall was convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated arson in the death of 22-year-old Traci Crozier, who died hours after being set on fire.
This message was posted in a Chattanooga newspaper
by Crozier's father on the anniversary of her death: "Thought of you today but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake from which I will never part. God has you in His arms, but I have you in my heart. I Love You - Dad"
The scheduled execution date is part of a push by the state to begin executing death row inmates again, though several dates have already been pushed back by a lawsuit challenging the secrecy of Tennessee's new lethal injection procedures. The Tennessee Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case Monday.