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Mother of murdered girl confronts killer in jailhouse meeting

May 13, 2010 |  1:26 pm

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0120a9115316970b-piThe mother of a 14-year-old girl killed by John Albert Gardner in San Diego was able to ask questions of her daughter's killer during a brief jailhouse talk.

"She is satisfied with the answers to her questions she asked face to face," family spokesman Tommy Sablan wrote in a statement. "Carrie says [Gardner's] demeanor was nervous and respectful towards her."

Carrie McGonigle received a phone call Wednesday telling her she could go to the jail and meet with Gardner for 30 minutes, according to the spokesman. None of the details of the conversation were released Wednesday, but McGonigle said Gardner answered all her questions, according to Fox 5 San Diego.

On April 29, KFMB-TV televised a phone interview with Gardner in which he said he was willing to answer questions from the families of his victims. Since then, McGonigle had been trying to meet with him to find out why he chose Amber and how he abducted her. McGonigle is expected to make a statement Friday before Gardner is sentenced.

Gardner is expected to be sentenced after pleading guilty to the slayings of Dubois and Chelsea King. He is expected to get life in prison without the possibility of parole.