86-year-old couple protest the parole of daughter's, son-in-law's killer for 24th time

- Loy Dell and Jo Rita Kaltwasser didn’t know they had a maniac waiting to wreak havoc living nearby.

“People in the neighborhood didn’t even know he existed,” said Loy Dell Kaltwasser. “His family kept him hidden all these years.”

His name is Louis Phillip Wright. He was on parole from Tennessee after serving only two years of a 10-year sentence for robbery.

“One year after being paroled was when he shot and killed Judy and Larry,” said crime victims advocate Andy Kahan.

June 1, 1976 was Jo Rita’s 41st birthday and her life would be forever changed.

Her 19-year-old daughter Judith Ann Watson and her 21-year-old husband Larry Watson were murdered by Wright.

“Our son-in-law lay on the ground supposedly with one shot already in his head and he shoots him five more times in the back of his head,” Jo Rita said.

“Shot them while they were dead in the back of the head,” Kahan said. “He raped Judy. This is a bad guy who deserves to be locked up for the rest of his life.”

“He got three life sentences,” said Judy’s sister Debra Magzoub. “We want him to stay in prison for the rest of his life. We think that’s only right.”

But the Kaltwassers know convicted killers  get paroled every day.

Fifty percent of them are released before serving half of their sentences.

Believe it or not, Wright was in the parole review process after serving only 10 years.

“And even more bizarre, he was approved for release,” Kahan said. “If the Kaltwassers hadn’t called in some big guns he would have been paroled.”

The two 86-year-olds hope their 24th trip to talk to the parole board ends like all the others and they’ll do it for the 25th time when they’re both 89.

“They haven’t put us in jeopardy,” Jo Rita said. “Which they could by releasing him.”

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