Since the murder of her niece in 1983, Penny Morrison has thought about the dancer and former beauty queen every single day.
â€œEverybody thinks itâ€™s been 20 years, you can get over it, but you canâ€™t get over something like this,â€ she said. â€œIt never goes away.â€
Kimberly Goodman, Morrisonâ€™s niece, was stabbed 17 times in her own backyard in southern Iredell County. She was only 20 years old.
Now, Goodmanâ€™s murderer is up for parole, and the victimâ€™s family, many of whom live in Lincoln County, have started a petition campaign to have his parole denied.
â€œWe will not ever stop the battle of trying to keep him in prison where he belongs,â€ said Bryan Morrison, Goodmanâ€™s uncle.
Goodmanâ€™s murderer, Brett Abrams, was 14 years old at the time of the crime. He was tall for his age and weighed 176 pounds.
Goodman had spent time babysitting Abrams, who was her neighbor. In 1982, when Abramsâ€™ younger brother was killed in a fire, Goodman had spent time comforting him.
Prior to the murder, Abrams had been caught on a ladder peeping in Goodmanâ€™s window. He had also exhibited menacing behavior to other female neighbors.
On the day of the murder, Goodmanâ€™s father and brother were off on a fishing trip and Kim was alone at her home.
Abrams, who later pled guilty to second degree murder, stabbed Goodman 17 times in what the Iredell County Sheriffâ€™s report described as a â€œfrenzied attack.â€
Since the age of six, Abrams had been taken to mental health agencies. Following the murder, psychiatrists concluded that he was suffering from an aggressive conduct disorder.
Abrams was sentenced to life in prison without parole, but due to the Fair Sentencing Act, Abrams could receive parole based on good behavior while incarcerated.
Abrams has been up for parole before, and every time Goodmanâ€™s family members visit the N.C. Parole Commission and request that he stay behind bars.
â€œWe do truly believe that he will kill again,â€ said Bryan Morrison.
They tell the parole board what kind of person Goodman was and how her murder affected the lives of those who loved her.
â€œWhen we go to the hearing, we relive this stuff over and over and over,â€ said Penny Morrison.
â€œItâ€™s bad when you sit there, and you talk and talk and talk, and you get no response.â€
This year was the first year, Goodmanâ€™s father could not participate in the parole hearing. He died of cancer earlier in the year.
â€œThe day he went into a coma he made us all promise that we would continue the fight,â€ said Penny Morrison.
The family is doing their best by starting the petition campaign.
Abrams has been up for parole before, but this year they are especially concerned that it will be granted.
â€œThey werenâ€™t making the decision quick like in the past,â€ said Bryan Morrison.
Petitions will circulate throughout the county. All those interested in signing the petition or collecting signatures can contact Goodmanâ€™s family at P.O. Box 5086, Mooresville, NC 28115 or at 704-483-1832.by Sarah Grano