CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral family has just gone through the worst year in their lives. It was one year ago that Cape Coral Grandfather James Arthur disappeared. His body was found more than a week later and his stepgrandson is charged with murder.
"It's really hard to grasp that it's been 12 months already," said Tracy Warford, who's son Garrett Kern is charged with killing Arthur.
"I expect some days to see Jim in the house when I walk in and unfortunately that's not gonna happen."
Detectives say Garrett Kern admitted to a friend he strangled his stepgrandfather and dumped the body off Burnt Store Road.
"We've lost two individuals," said Warford. "A new grandson was born this year. So many things we would have shared as a family, we're not able to share."
Their pain is only going to get worse. Kern's trial is slated to start in the coming weeks. The family will have to live through those tragic days again.
"What is justice? It's not gonna bring either one of them home," Warford said, "I feel if it was a stranger, or someone we didn't know it would be easier to go through."
Kern's trial is scheduled to start on November 26th. He's charged with second degree murder.