Fifteen years after the murders of Christina Cremer and Robert Miller, David Lee Kemp nervously delivered an apology to his victims' families Monday afternoon in open court.
The 43-year-old, somber and haggard, was escorted into Comanche County District Court Judge Allen McCall's courtroom by Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley for a hearing on Kemp's motion to withdraw his guilty plea, which was filed last week. Defense attorney Al Hoch, filling in the court-appointed attorney who filed the motion, announced the double-homicide defendant no longer wished to withdraw his guilty plea, but Kemp was still sworn in and questioned about his decision to change his mind again.
Most of Hoch's questions focused on court procedure, but after more than a decade, Kemp told the court he wanted to "make things right."
Kemp, who remained on the FBI's Most Wanted list following his 1999 jail break, pleaded guilty Sept. 11 to two counts of first-degree murder filed after the 1998 murders of Cremer, his ex-wife, and Miller. Kemp agreed to waive his appeal rights and serve two consecutive life-sentences without the possibility of parole if the state did not seek the death penalty.
In April, Kemp asked a truck driver in northern Comanche County to call authorities so he could turn himself in. He said Monday that he "came of his own volition."