Son of couple killed in New Year's crash demanding justice

CREATED Apr 12, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr 12, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- His parents were killed in a horrific New Years Day crash and now a son wants justice for his parents.

Edwin Thaves spoke exclusively with TODAY'S TMJ4 for the first time since his dad and stepmom were killed by an alleged drunk driver near N. 27th St. and W. St. Paul.

Thursday was an emotional day for Edwin Thaves, as he was in a part of town he hasn't driven through for months.

His visit comes just one day before Kelly Duke is scheduled to return to court for a competency hearing.  The Milwaukee teen is accused of driving drunk, crashing a stolen car and killing Ed and Jean Thaves on New Year's morning.

Edwin Thaves said the delays have been gut wrenching, "This will be the third time in court to discuss his competency," said Thaves.  "We've had two competency reports that have clearly indicated that Kelly Duke is competent to stand trial."

Edwin Thaves believes that Duke may change his earlier not guilty plea during Friday's court hearing -- something the teen's attorney would not confirm.  "For four months Kelly Duke has been running away from responsibility for the death of Ed and Jean," said Edwin Thaves.

Edwin claims his family has even attempted to sit down with the teen one-on-one for an apology or at least a little remorse; a request that has so far been ignored.  "Enough is enough and it's time for Kelly Duke to accept responsibility  for the deaths of Ed and Jean Thaves...So that our family and this community can start healing," announced Edwin Thaves.

Duke remains in jail Thursday night, a jury trial is scheduled to get underway next month.

Duke's hearing on Friday is set for 10:30 a.m.