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Father Hopes for Justice in Decade-Old Murder of Son

Father Hopes for Justice in Decade-Old Murder of Son

Posted - Jun. 21, 2004 at 9:42 p.m.



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Sandra Yi reportingA father hopes for justice, finally, in the decade-old murder of his teenage son.

Chris Mosier was stabbed to death in his Taylorsville home in 1993. The man charged in the case will go to trial Tuesday.

Prosecutors are expected to bring their case against Terry Johnson tomorrow.

The victim's father is here from Seattle for the trial. He's relieved this part of his loss may soon be over.

Scott Mosier/ Christopher's Father: "The wounds really don't heal. You learn to live with it, but it's hard to get over. You really don't."

For Scott Mosier, the journey for justice hasn't been easy.

Scott Mosier: "Emotionally, it's been a rollercoaster, trying to get this to trial."

That trial has been a long time coming.

Back in 1993 Mosier's 14-year-old son Chris was found brutally murdered. He had been stabbed several times in his Taylorsville apartment.

Chris' murder remained a mystery until two years ago, when new DNA evidence pointed to a suspect, Terry Johnson.

Chris was babysitting Johnson's two-month-old son the night he died.

After several trial dates, Johnson could face a jury tomorrow.

Scott Mosier: "Every time I start preparing for court, it brings back-- they come right to the top, memories. Luckily, I try to bring a lot of the good memories."

It's those memories Mosier tries to keep alive. He says Chris was a fun loving teen, who loved art and music, and children.

Scott Mosier: "I think one of his best qualities was he looked out for younger kids, whether he knew them or not. He was always kind of a big brother."

Mosier says he feels Chris' spirit with him every day.

Scott Mosier: "I felt it yesterday. Yesterday was Father's Day."

A past memory brought him to tears. His last gift from Chris was his favorite Police album.

Scott Mosier: "And on it he put a note. It said, 'Dad, I hope you love this album as much as I did. Love, Christopher.'"

Mosier says justice may be slow, but he hopes his son will finally rest in peace.

Scott Mosier: "We've been trying for ten and a half years to get justice served, and I think we're about to have it come to fruition."

Mosier says he has faith in the justice system and believes it will be a fair trial.

Johnson's attorneys did not return our calls for comment.

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