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Family of murdered realtor demands justice

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - It's been almost four years since realtor Vivian Martin was murdered, and to this day the suspects in the crime have still not gone on trial.

The victim's daughter, Davida Brown, tells 21 News through tear-filled eyes, "I just can't believe it sometimes, that she had to go through that."

Three and a half years after the murder of her mother, the pain of the loss is like it just happened yesterday.

Martin, who was 67-years-old at the time of her death, survived cancer twice, but died violently in 2010, allegedly at the hands of Grant Cooper and Robert Brooks, who police say lured the realtor to an east side home to rob her. She was killed during the robbery, and the home was then allegedly set on fire to cover up the crimes.

Nearly four years later the death penalty cases have still not gone to trial. For the victim's family, justice delayed means justice denied.

"It's been a long time and I'm fighting for the death penalty, but I will accept life without parole. I don't want to feel like Trayvon Martin's people and don't get no justice at all," Brown said.

The murder victim's granddaughter, Kysha Martin, says, "I don't want to say it's a racial thing, but it's pointing towards a racial thing because we done seen people of other races get killed and their trial is done. It's not like they're looking for her murderers, they have them there, so what's the hold up? It will be four years in September."

The trial scheduled for this week was continued because the defense had another trial scheduled at the same time. Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains tells 21 News, "It is truly unfortunate. But we can't control the court's docket. I certainly feel for the family, but this is definitely not racial. We will do our best to see that this case goes forward on April 14th."

But court records show the defense has now asked for another continuance for the death penalty cases.

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