Roosevelt (Squirt) Pernell, III was 28 years old when he was murdered on December 4, 2003, in West Point, MS. It has now marked seven years since he was assassinated on that cold winter night. After the passing of many years without progress in the case, Sheriff Laddie Huffman eventually made it possible to form a cold case division that put forth the diligent effort necessary to yield progress in officially charging the suspect Robert Rupert with my nephew’s murder in 2009. When that phase of the ordeal finally happened, then that gave the Pernell Family a sense of relief to know that justice would soon follow. But once again, I still wait for a sense of peace and for justice to be done. It was my hope that the family would have had our day in court by 2010, since the suspect was charged in July 2009. Now I’m left to ponder and ask, “How much longer will it take before a wrong is made right?” “How long will justice be delayed in this case?” ” Will justice be eluded, or procrastinated for many more years?” “Will 2011 be the year this case goes to trial?” In my opinion, it is just as criminal when the victim’s family is forced to sit by on hold for a judicial system that seems to add to the prolonged agony of trying to get justice for a murdered loved one.