by: Kevin McCarty Updated:
Cecil Daily says knowing that Tyler Savage will spend the rest of his life behind bars finally brings justice to his family after Savage raped and murdered his developmentally disabled daughter three years ago.
"I want him to pay for the rest of his life," Daily said, speaking out for the first time since Savage's conviction on Tuesday.
Daily sat through every day of Savage's lengthy trial, enduring graphic crime scene photographs showing Kimberly Daily's naked body dumped in blackberry bushes near her home in South Hill.
The 16-year-old disappeared on Aug. 17, 2010. She was found murdered five days later. Savage, who was 18 at the time, confessed to killing her, but changed his story when the case came to trial.
Savage, now 21, claimed Daily approached him, asking for sex and asking him to choke her in a dangerous sexual game. But Daily said his daughter's disabilities made her a child in a teenager's body who never would have requested kinky sex. "To have somebody like her, (with) the mentality of a 10-year-old thinking that way?" Daily asked, "No."
Daily said watching Savage testify was especially difficult as he described the girl asking him to wrap a bra and T-shirt around her throat and tighten it. "He had no emotion whatsoever," said Daily.
Jurors didn't believe Savage's story, convicting him of aggravated first degree murder. He will be sentenced Jan. 17 to a mandatory term of life in prison without parole. Asked why he thought Savage murdered Kimmie, Daily answered, "I have been asking myself that the whole time. And that will be an answer I'll never get."