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Killer withdraws parole application

DAMIEN WOOD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Former Flames goalie Don Edwards and his wife Tannis walked away from the parole hearing of his parents' killer with a bitter taste in their mouths.

Mid-way through the hearing, George Harding Lovie withdrew his application for escorted temporary absences.

Fearing for the lives of their remaining family, the couple are now left wondering what Lovie's motive for backing off could have been.

Edwards, who played for the Flames from 1982 to 1985, said while Lovie remains in prison, 20 years after the murders happened, it is hard to be relieved when it's "something that's not going away."

Lovie can apply again anytime.

"They talk about corrections (but) he needs a complete overhaul," said a distraught Don.

"We suffer for the rest of our lives ... with the reality that this guy could come back and haunt us again."

On March 21, 1991, despite a restraining order following allegations of captivity and rape, Lovie went to the Hamilton, Ont., home of his ex and Don's sister Michele, armed with a rifle.

He shot Donna Edwards and stabbed Arnold Edwards to death after following a fleeing Michele across the street to their home.

At the resulting trial, where Lovie was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, evidence was heard of the killer's plans to kill Don's kids as well.

Edwards' wife, Tannis, wondered if the late withdrawal of the application was intentional.

"Is this a plan? Is it that next time he might not have as many victims there?" Tannis said.

"We just don't know what's in his head at this point."

Fourteen victims were present at Lovie's parole hearing Wednesday, with nine reading off their victim impact statements before a break was called, which ended with that announcement of Lovie opting out.

Don said he and his family are not going away.

"We can write letters to the warden (and) we can write letters to the Parole Board of Canada ... we'll continue to do that," he said.


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