Father Faces His Child's Killers In Courtroom

L.P. Phillips
October 17, 2018 - 4:33 pm
Grand Prairie Murder



GRAND PRAIRIE (KRLD) - A Grand Prairie father was able to express his anger toward the two people that murdered his 4-year-old daughter in a courtroom Wednesday. 

Both Charles Phifer, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, and Jeri Quesada, the mother of  Leiliana Wright, had to sit and listen today.

First, Judge Robert Burns vented his disgust at Quesada, who testified against Phifer.

"Your testimony is about the only right thing you've done in your adult life." Burns added that a life prison term for Phifer was not enough.

During the actual statements, today, Brian Maker, father of the 4-year old, took the stand.

"You sit there right now you have no feelings, you have no remorse. The biggest thing that pisses me off, the one thing you took from a father was the ability to walk his daughter down the aisle. To give her away. I'll never have that. "

Out in the hall, he was more blunt.

"I was fearful that I would have come off the side of that stand. I could feel myself shaking to where if the cops weren't in there I would have beat him to death."

Even juror Sharyl Richardson came back to court to get closure. She thought the sentences were too light.

"My first thought was, 'why was the death penalty not on the table.'"

Phifer will never step out of jail while Quesada qualifies for parole in 25 years.