GRADY — Lacey Phillips Seal, who was nearly killed in Jones’ rampage, gave a brief statement to reporters. After expressing thanks to Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Seal praised their action of bringing Jones’ execution to completion.

“They took care of what was ruled in ’96 and gave our family some justice,” she said.

When asked about Jones’ final words, in which he said Seal was like a daughter to him, Seal balked. “I don’t want to talk about that,” she said. Asked how she felt after justice being served after 20 years. I’m glad it’s done. I’m glad that part of my life, that chapter is closed.”

Jesse James Phillips, Lacey’s brother, who was 14 at the time of the murder, said he didn’t dwell on the murder, but instead remembered his mother as a very special, caring person. “We were very lucky to be able to share time with her on earth. Nothing done today will bring her back, and that’s okay. We honored her memory here today by seeing justice done,” he said.

Dale Ellis