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Victims' families satisfied with murder trial outcome

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 11/07/2013 11:13 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Barbara Anthony and countless other family members of 22-year-old Cornelius Harris and 36-year-old Felicia Ruffin have waited for the final verdict on the Travon Brown trial for more than two years.

"We got justice served, but it won't bring either one of them back," said Anthony, who is Harris's aunt.

The 28-year-old Brown was found guilty Thursday on two counts of murder and was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

Ruffin and Harris were shot to death on Chapman Drive in Tupelo by Brown in September 2011.

Harris suffered gunshot wounds to his hand, left shoulder and neck; Ruffin was shot once in her jaw.

Family members said they are satisfied with the outcome of the trial.
"It was all presented very well," Ruffin's sister Dawn Bates said. "[There] wasn't a shadow of a doubt that he had done what he had [did]."

Family members also said there is nothing that will relieve the pain of losing a loved one.

"My sister didn't want to bury her child, but she had to," Anthony said.

Harris's aunt said the deaths affected every member of both families.

"He was a hard worker, he had two jobs," Anthony said. "He had a three-year-old daughter that will never get to see her dad."

District Attorney Trent Kelly said the family was strong throughout the case despite the circumstances.

"It never works out well for the victims because they can't replace their loved ones," Kelly said.

Anthony said this is also true for Brown's family.

"I do feel bad for Travon's mother, because being a mother you don't want to have to see your child put away," Anthony said.

However, Anthony said this verdict is what's best for everyone involved.
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