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Prosecutor apologizes to murder victim's family

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Their daughter is dead and a family wants to keep track of her killer behind bars.

They're saying they were left out of the loop of a potentially major development in the case. It's a right guaranteed by law to victims of violent crimes.

"The ball was dropped here," Saginaw County Prosecutor John McColgan said.

McColgan knows his department made a blunder and he's apologetic about it. He said his office failed to let a crime victim's family know about a court appearance by the man convicted of killing their loved one.

The court appearance was for Ken Bluew. The former Buena Vista police officer returned to court this week for an appeal hearing related to the murder of Jenny Webb and her unborn child in 2011.

"The lady who left did not train the person that replaced her on that process. So that person did not notify victim's rights, so then in turn victim's rights didn't know to notify the family," McColgan said.

McColgan said he makes no excuses. He said he's the boss and the buck stops with him, vowing to never have something like this happen again.

"I'm very upset and if it was my family, if I was the one who didn't get notified, I'd be very upset myself," he said.

During the hearing in front of a three judge panel, Bluew's attorneys argued that his trial lawyers were ineffective. He claims they failed to call experts to the stand that would have supported his contention that Webb committed suicide.

The court is also looking into whether or not Judge Darnell Jackson exceeded the sentencing guidelines for the death of Webb's unborn child. Right now, Bluew is in prison serving life without parole.

Meanwhile, McColgan plans to reach out to Webb's family.

"(I want to) apologize to them that they were not notified and be able to make that choice as to whether or not they wanted to be there," McColgan said.

Angie Webb contacted TV5 through Facebook, saying the prosecutor's office called her and apologized for their mistake.

A decision on Bluew's appeal is expected over the next few months.

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