Woman fights to free husband who murdered daughters

Woman fights to free husband who murdered daughters

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on October 2, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 7:21 AM

MATTHEWS, N.C. -- Kim Crespi's home is filled with angels. There are wooden angels, iron angels and ceramic angels. There are angels on the walls, on furniture and in most artwork that decorates the house. But what's telling about the angels is that they aren't alone. They are always in pairs -- each set a reminder of what Crespi calls a perfect life.

"I think they were adorable and brought a lot of joy to our family," said Crespi as she recently looked at pictures of her now deceased twin daughters, Sam and Tess.

The angels and pictures filling every empty space in the Crespi home are a tribute to her twin daughters. Crespi's husband, David, plead guilty to stabbing and killing the five-year-old girls in January of 2006 in their Matthews' home.

Kim Crespi said that at the time, David Crespi was on a "cocktail" of prescription drugs, including prozac.

"I miss them every day. I feel like they died and their lives ended, but they are still a part of our family," she said through tears.

By pleading guilty to murder, David Crespi avoided any chance of the death penalty, instead receiving life without the chance of parole. He has been in seven different prisons since the tragedy, and is now serving time in Albemarle Correctional Prison in New London, North Carolina.

Kim and the couple's three older children have remained in the home where they once all lived together.

"I can't believe it. When I visit, I'm like, 'How could David Crespi be in prison?' He's a good person. For him to do this is unbelievable. He was such a good dad. But it happened," she said.

Kim Crespi visits her husband every week or two, and believes the medication he was on at the time of the murders is what caused him to have a "psychotic episode." She said he's been off all medications for several years now and is "back to his old self."

She is working to have him freed and would like to have his plea set aside, so that he could have a trial and a jury could rule if prescription drugs caused him to snap.

"He was anxious and sleep deprived. The medications took him to this place of depression," she said.

When asked if six years in prison is enough for killing the girls, Kim said, "It's way too much. He should not be punished. He didn't have free will at the time when he did this."

She is starting a website in an effort to explain her husband's story and to warn people about what she calls the dangers of prescription medications, especially anti-depressants. Next week she'll host a seminar on the topic. That seminar will feature another father who murdered his child.

In 2009, a judge in Canada found David Carmichael "not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder" for the murder of his 11-year-old son, Ian. He is free now and writes and lectures on the dangers of anti depressants.

NBC Charlotte did reach out to the District Attorney's office about the likelihood of a plea being set aside in a murder case. Bill Stetzer said it is rare, but not impossible. For a judge to do so it would have to be proven that the plea was a "manifest injustice," or greatly unfair, he said. Stetzer added that in all murder pleas, the defendant is asked if he or she is on any medication and if his mind is "clear."

Kim Crespi's forum will be held October 11 at 7 p.m. at the South Charlotte Banquet Facility at 9009 Bryant Farms Road in Charlotte. It is free and open to the public.

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