Justice has been denied to Kubala family

By HUBERT D. OSTEEN JR.
Posted 12/17/17

Justice delayed is justice denied. In the case of Bobby Wayne Stone, who ambushed and murdered Sumter County Sheriff's Sgt. Charlie Kubala on Feb. 26, 1996, justice has been long delayed in that senseless killing. It's been more than 20 years since …

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Justice delayed is justice denied. In the case of Bobby Wayne Stone, who ambushed and murdered Sumter County Sheriff's Sgt. Charlie Kubala on Feb. 26, 1996, justice has been long delayed in that senseless killing. It's been more than 20 years since Kubala, married and the father of two children, was gunned down by Stone while he was conducting a burglary investigation. After Stone's arrest and conviction, Stone was sentenced to death and ever since that day when Fred and Peggy Kubala lost their son, Stone has been enjoying three square meals a day while the Kubalas and their many friends and family members have had to live with the pain of losing Charlie Kubala. If the execution is carried out, Stone will have the option of lethal injection or the electric chair. In days gone by, the murder of a law enforcement officer meant a quick seating in Ol' Sparky. In the meantime, the Kubalas and society will have to wait even longer for the wheels of justice to turn.

Stone's latest appeal for a stay of execution has been approved by the courts even though the State Supreme Court denied Stone's first appeal. The debate over capital punishment will continue to go on, and the bleeding hearts will continue wringing their hands and decry what they see as cruel and unusual punishment. But is it any more unusual than the punishment the Kubalas have had to endure for more than two decades?

Those who wear badges and try to keep the peace and enforce law and order are too often in the cross hairs of violent criminals who find ways to murder other human beings. And let's dispense with the old canard about gun control. Guess what? There are plenty of gun control and background checks in place - if properly enforced.

As for Stone, he'll probably be enjoying another square meal on Christmas Day.

Reach Hubert D. Osteen Jr. at hubert@theitem.com.