by Steven Ertelt
February 9, 2006
Milford, PA (LifeNews.com) — A Pennsylvania man who has been convicted for killing his ex-girlfriend and her seven-month old daughter is appealing his sentence of life in prison and blaming his mother. But the victim’s grandmother says the man has no regard for life and demanded the girlfriend have an abortion.
Gregory Rowe is serving a life term in prison without the possibility of parole but he hopes the state Superior Court overturns a jury’s January verdict against him.
The jury decided not to give Rowe the death penalty for the deaths of Kristin Fisher and her daughter Kaylee in their home in Greentown.
Authorities say he killed the Fishers so he could avoid having to pay child support for Kaylee. They say he murdered both and then tampered with the scene to make it appear Kristin drowned her daughter and hanged herself.
According to the Pocono Record newspaper, Rowe said Wednesday he was innocent and said his mother killed the two.
"The truth is out there, but they failed to see it," he told reporters, according to the paper.
The Record said, when asked if his mother, Cheryl Kunkle, killed the Fishers, he responded, "Yes."
Rowe was living with his mother at the time of the murders and she is on trail herself in the murder of her ex boyfriend. She is also on trial for tampering with evidence when police came to her house to question Rowe about the Fishers’ deaths.
The Record reports that local prosecutors said the evidence clearly pointed to Rowe’s involvement in the deaths.
Before Rowe was sent to prison, Kristin’s grandmother, Kathleen Fisher, who discovered the girls’ bodies when she came home from work, called him a "heartless, soulless creature" and "psychopath."
"Kristin chose life for Kaylee even though Rowe wanted her to get an abortion," Fisher said, according to the Pocono newspaper. "In hindsight, this early expression of the lack of regard he had for human life should have spoken volumes to Kristin and I."
"He wasted his life and the lives of my daughter and granddaughter," she added. "One day, he’ll meet his maker. There’s forgiveness, but you have to ask for it and be truly sorry for what you did."
The Pocono paper reports that Rowe told the judge he had nothing to say when asked to respond to the comments.
Defense attorney Gavin Holihan said Rowe’s appeal will point out that not all of the evidence available was presented at the trial, including some that could exonerate him.