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Murder victim's mother remembers 'bubbly, happy character'

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Posted at 6:51 AM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 07:51:48-05

If David Earl Miller dies in Tennessee's electric chair next week for the 1981 murder of Lee Standifer, the slain Knoxville woman's mother won't be there to witness it.

In a phone interview from her Chandler, Arizona, home, Helen Standifer said her presence there "won't help my daughter at all." But she also said the pain of her daughter's 1981 murder never leaves.

Asked to describe her 23-year-old daughter, Standifer says what a positive person she was. 

Standifer called her a "bubbly, happy character from the time she was very small." She used to have long conversations with the mail man and put jingle bells on her sister's shoelaces. 

Standifer said the pain of her daughter's loss is not as constant as it once was, "but it doesn't go away."