CONCORD, N.H. (CBS/AP) What were they thinking? That's what the husband of Kimberly Cates wants to know after a New Hampshire school district decided to publish pictures of two of Cates' accused killers in their high school yearbook.
Cates, 42, was hacked to death with a machete during a home invasion robbery in Mont Vernon, N.H. last October, and her 11-year-old daughter, Jaimie, was severely injured but survived.
Dave Cates says he can't fathom what the school district was thinking when they made the decision to include photos of suspects William Marks and Quinn Glover, both 18, who were seniors at Souhegan High School prior to their arrest.
In a sternly written letter to the school district, after he learned of the pictures' inclusion, Dave Cates called it an "extremely insensitive decision" and called on the district to apologize to the community and the students for whom, he believes, the district has set an insensitive example, and which is "leading them in the wrong direction."
Wesley Sonner, who lives in Mont Vernon, says he was shocked when he found out about the yearbook, according to the Boston Herald.
"Some people argue that they're innocent until proven guilty," Sonner, a parent of a high schooler himself, told the paper. "But . . . the Constitution doesn't guarantee a right to be in your senior yearbook."
Sonner also said he was disappointed to hear that the school district reportedly consulted the parents of both Marks and Glover about the inclusion but never contacted the Cates family.
Late Friday Superintendent Mary Jennings and Souhegan High School Principal Jim Bosman issued a joint statement apologizing for the decision, saying they regretted having added to the pain and loss felt by David Cates, according to CBS affiliate WBZ.
Glover struck a plea bargain with prosecutors in exchange for his cooperation and pleaded guilty to felony charges of robbery, burglary and conspiracy.
Marks, and two other men, Steven Spader and Christopher Gribble, have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges. If convicted at trial, they face a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A fifth suspect, Autumn Savoy, agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testify for the state. He pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution and conspiracy in exchange for a recommended sentence of five to 19 years in prison.