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After arrest, daughter of cold-case victim wants closure

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The daughter of a Cedar Rapids woman who was murdered 14 years ago is speaking out.

Police arrested Deshaun Phillips in Shakopee, Minn., on Friday and have charged him with first-degree murder in the 1999 case of Judith Weeks.

"(It's) overwhelming and happy," said Kristin Twilla, Judith's daughter. "Sad, angry -- I mean, there's all kinds of emotions. I'm relieved. I'm very grateful.

"But it brings back, you know, all of the stuff from when it actually happened."

Even though there's finally been an arrest, Twilla doesn't feel a sense of closure.

"There won't be closure until the trial and he's brought to justice," said Twilla.

She doesn't believe her mother knew the man charged with murder. Weeks was 44. Deshaun Philips was 20 at the time. Twilla has many questions.

"I want to know why, you know, why did he have to kill her?" said Twilla. "He could have gone about it a different way."

Twilla was just 15 when her mother was killed. Weeks missed many milestones in her daughter's life, and Twilla plans to be in the courtroom during the trial to give a victim impact statement.

"Just (to) let him know that he ruined my life and took away a huge part of my life and something I can never get back," said Twilla.

Twilla says her mother was very special person to a lot of people -- a mother, daughter, and sister with a wonderful heart. She wants her mother to be remembered as that woman, not just as the body found on Second Avenue in 1999.

Cedar Rapids Police say this case was investigated thoroughly at the time and has been reviewed several times in the past 14 years. They say new information discovered recently made the arrest possible, but wouldn't specify what that information was.

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