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Cal Brown's Execution is Canceled and His Victim's Family is Outraged

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WALLA WALLA, Wash-- Cal Brown's execution was supposed to be just an hour away, but the State Supreme Court voted five to four to stop it.

The case is headed to the Thurston County Superior Court. The family of Brown's victim, Holly Washa, feels left out of this decision. They drove all the way from Nebraska through a snowstorm to watch what they call justice.

In May of 1991, Cal Brown brutally tortured and murdered 21 year-old Washa in a motel in Seattle. Almost 18 years later her family drove all the way from Ogallala, Nebraska and Sioux Falls, South Dakota to watch his execution, only to find just hours before that it had been called off.

"I just looked forward to thinking that it would finally be over. That's what we're fighting for to get it done," said Becky Washa, sister of Holly Washa

Washa had moved from the small town of Ogallala, Nebraska to Seattle in hopes of becoming a flight attendant. Her sister remembers how much she had grown up when she came home for a visit.

"She changed so much from the kid that I knew she was this beautiful girl, she was just so alive and beautiful," said Karen Washa, sister of Holly Washa.

Her father says as soon as he gets home he will go to Holly's grave and update her on what happened.

"I go out to the grave and sit down and talk to her, like a lot of people do. I let her know what's going on and not too long ago I told her justice is coming, but give it time. That's what it's going to take, time now," said John Washa, father of Holly Washa.

"What's next, enough is enough. What is next? Are they going to reverse his conviction? It's scary. I mean it scares the heck out of us," said Kim Bowen, good friend of Washa.

The next step for this case is Cal Brown and another man on death row, Darold Stenson, will go before the Thurston County Superior Court to try and prove that lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment.