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Relatives Of Slain Bellacino's Employees Seek Death Penalty


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Family members of employees killed at a Nashville pizzeria are calling for the death penalty in the case.

In October 2007, Bellacino's manager Chris Caris and employee Josh Cle were killed during a robbery.

"We're hurt because he was irreplaceable. He was the love of our life," said Tina Cole about her son, Josh Cole.

Relatives attended a court appearance for the four people charged in the murders.

"My whole life is ruined because of these people," she said.

For the first time Friday, family members saw the newest suspect in court. Tarina Simmons is accused of planning and taking money from the robbery. She pleaded not guilty.

Jason Bobo, Ravaughn Harris and Crystle Rutherford were also in court on various legal motions and the victims families watched.

Caris' fiance' wants the death penalty. She said she has toured death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.

"We never get to see our loved one again so death row is definitely the quality of life that they deserve," said Mari-Anne Purcell, who advocates for tougher sentencing laws.

"We want justice," Cole said.

The next step is taking their case from court to lawmakers at the state Capitol. The judge set a trial date for the four defendants for April 20, 2009.

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