Miss. Governor Haley Barbour pardons man who murdered wife in 1993

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour
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Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

(CBS/AP) JACKSON, Miss. - Just two weeks after a killer was denied parole, Mississippi governor Haley Barbour pardoned the man who murdered his wife and shot another man in the head in 1993.

According to CBS affiliate WCBI, David Glenn Gatlin walked free Sunday.

Gatlin, now 40, was convicted of murdering Tammy Gatlin in 1994 and sentenced to life. According to the Jackson Clarion Ledger newspaper, Gatlin shot his wife in the head as she held their 2-month-old child, and then turned the gun on a man named Randy Walker. Walker survived.

David Ruth, an investigator on the case, told NBC affiliate WLBT that Tammy Gatlin's family received a phone call Saturday saying Gatlin was to be pardoned.

Randy Walker's wife Crystal told the Clarion Ledger that her family is terrified.

"On parole he'd at least have to check in and have some supervision," she said Sunday. "Now he could live beside us, or we could run into him at Walmart. You're always looking over your shoulder."

According to the Clarion Ledger, Gatlin had been part of a program at the governor's mansion, for inmates who earned privileges for good behavior, which may have led to his pardon.

"He's only seen the good David," Walker told the newspaper. "We know it's totally within his right to do this, but we'd feel better if we'd had a chance to talk to him about it."

Walker said she had called the governor's office 17 times to try to discuss the pardon.

Barbour also pardoned two other killers who were part of the same program at his mansion.