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Family: Woman targeted in Alva Campbell crime spree was traumatized her whole life

Alva Campbell assaulted a deputy while in custody at the courthouse, stole her gun, carjacked teenager Charlie Dials and killed him. (FILE- Ohio Department of Corrections)

The son of a woman targeted in a murderous crime spree 20 years ago said his mother wanted the killer put to death.

Sam Workman spoke with ABC 6/FOX 28 Tuesday, the day before Alva Campbell's scheduled execution in Lucasville. In 1997, Campbell assaulted a deputy while in custody at the courthouse, stole her gun, carjacked teenager Charlie Dials and killed him. Kate Workman had just dropped off her grandson, went to return a carbon monoxide detector at Kmart on South High Street when she was approached by Campbell.

"She said he came up and put the gun to her head," Sam Workman said. "He told her to slide over. He said, ‘I'll kill you. I just killed one guy here and I'll kill you too.'"

Workman said his mother had always said she'd fight off any attacker. So when Campbell forced himself into her car, his mother slid over and jumped out of the passenger's side door. She ran into the Kmart store to call her son.

"She was traumatized there for a while," said Workman. "She was a lot more nervous and stuff after this. wanting the doors all locked, the curtains shut."

Campbell tried to carjack one more victim who also escaped before police caught him hours later. Workman said his mother testified at the trial and was relieved when a jury decided Campbell would be put to death.

"I said, 'Hey mom, they're supposed to put him down on your birthday,'" Workman said. "She said, 'That's good, that's good.' That will be a good birthday present I think she said."

However, original execution dates were delayed. Kate Workman died in March of this year, eight months before Campbell's punishment was to play out.

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