Summersville - The family of a man serving time for the 2003 killings of two brother in-laws is hoping to have his conviction overturned.
Eric Foster is almost 10 years through his 80 year prison sentence for the second-degree murders of Mike Murphy and Travis Painter, according to the Nicholas County Circuit Clerk's Office. A jury found him guilty in 2004, but he he has since appealed the case.
"It is a long time," his aunt Pamela Taylor told WOAY. "A long time, and he has a daughter that he loves dearly, and she was 3 years old when he went in, and she's 13 now, and I'd just like to see them reunited, and him be with her the rest of her life."
Foster attended his habeas corpus hearing Thursday along with 17 family members. He and public defender Crystal Walden are hoping to prove he was unlawfully detained.
"We believe with all of our hearts that he committed no murder against nobody," Taylor said. "He's just not that type of guy. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time."
His family also hopes the person responsible is arrested.
"On that night of these two murders that were committed, there needs to be light shed on that to who truly did this because there was quite a few people there," Taylor said. "I hope whoever did this -- it gets brought to light and that he is freed."
A Supreme Court affirmed Foster's guilty verdict in 2006.