Murder victim's father who attacked killer in court speaks

Murder victim's father who attacked killer in court speaks

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Van Terry's attack on his 18-year-old daughter's murderer -- serial killer Michael Madison -- was three years of raw anguish boiling over in seconds.

"I was trying to put my hands on him," Terry said. "Trying to break his jaw. Take that smirk off his face."

Terry's family saw Madison's smirks and smiles and little comments directed towards the families of his three victims throughout his trial.

Dad still decided to face Madison in court.

"I wanted to look at the person who killed my daughter," Terry added. "I wanted to get closure. It has been eating me up for the past three years."

Our Scott Taylor first met Van Terry shortly after Shirellda's body was found in July 2013. He had spent weeks looking for her. His SUV was covered with the high school senior's missing persons flyer.

"I know where she is at," Van Terry told Scott Taylor in 2013. "I don't want to know where she is at but I know where she is at. We are going to take the next step and it's going to be a hard one."

Dad's nickname for his daughter? Heaven. He knows she has found forgiveness.

"She probably would say Daddy, I'm OK," Terry said. "We are going to forgive him. Right now I'm in a better place."

So far, no criminal charges have been filed against Van Terry, but the Cuyahoga County Sheriff is investigating. Our Scott Taylor says his Twitter feed @ScottTaylorTV is filling up with people all over the world willing to donate to cover Dad's legal expenses.

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