Father of murdered Puyallup girl: 'I never got to say goodbye'
PUYALLUP, Wash. -- Cecil Daily wears a pin with his child's picture on his chest and her resized school ring on his pinky.
"Kimmie was everything to me," he said, fighting back tears.
Not a day goes by when Daily doesn't ache for his 16-year old developmentally-delayed daughter, who was raped and murdered and found dumped in bushes on Puyallup's South Hill in 2010.
This week her killer's trial came to a close, and Daily suffered silently through every second of Tyler Savage's testimony.
"They were discrediting her. They painted her to be somebody she wasn't," said Daily of Savage and his attornies.
In a taped confession after the murder, Savage told police he choked Kimmie when she tried to leave, but on the stand this month he claimed Kimmie wanted rough sex and asked him to tie things around her neck.
"It was just totally ridiculous," said Daily. "I wanted to speak on her behalf to them know what they were doing was totally wrong and all a lie, but I wasn't allowed to say anything."
Daily said listening to lies and seeing photos of his dead daughter during the trial was almost unbearable, but he said, "What made it even tougher was the fact I never got to say goodbye."
Jurors found 21-year-old Savage guilty of aggravated murder. Next month at his sentencing, he faces life in prison without parole. Daily's dad considers that a just sentence.
"If he wouldn't have been convicted on this who knows what would have happened," he said.