Video: Murder Victim's Mother Speaks on Sentencing, Remembers her Daughter

 

Pam Haynes sat quietly in the courtroom for four days, listening to testimony, viewing disquieting images and hearing confessions of the murder of her daughter. 

Seated on a bench next to one of her three living daughters, she was within three yards of the man that had taken her child from her, the two huddling together for support during emotional moments, shaking their heads, tapping their fingers and wiping back tears.

Heather Salazar was killed on Aug. 31, 2013. In 10 days, her family, who will remember her by her maiden name Felts, will go through the pain of the killing once again, as the first anniversary of her passing approaches. 

The trial of Felts' husband Matthew lasted four long days, and after compelling testimony by both the state and defense attorneys, no one could have predicted that the jury would turn out a 99-year sentence in less than an hour. 

Standing before the courthouse after the verdict was read, friends and family of Felts smiled, relieved that the jury had finally served justice. 

In an interview after the verdict, Haynes had a lot to say about her daughter, and remembered her fondly as a hardworking and competitive woman who was intelligent, passionate and a good mother. 

During the most emotionally-trying moments of the trial, Haynes said she pushed through, asking herself what her daughter would do and knowing that she would stay strong. 

Her life, and the life of her family, has changed over the past year, she said, but the most difficult part is the moments when she realizes that her daughter is not there. She still sees things that remind her of Heather and picks up the phone to tell her about things, only to realize that it won't ring.

Heather Felts would have turned 31 this year. She left behind two boys, both under the age of 10. 

Below is a portion of the video interview conducted immediately after the trial. Some parts have been ommitted due to technical errors with memory on the recording device.

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