The family of an Edmonton woman killed east of the city seven years ago is speaking out following a not guilty decision this week.
"We believe the Justice (Keith Yamauchi ) came to the only decision that he could based on what the Crown gave him as evidence," reads a statement issued Friday by the family of Ellie May Meyer.
"Michael Briscoe was there when our daughter was brutally murdered and Briscoe, at no time, tried to stop what happened."
"We feel the Crown failed when they gave the justice an impossible charge, a lesser charge should have been available."
'She was a mother who made the hardest decision any mother has to make and that is to give up her children knowing that she was doing the right thing for them.' —Family of Ellie May Meyer
Yamauchi concluded Wednesday the Crown failed to prove Michael Briscoe was involved in Meyer's murder in April 2005.
Meyer's body was discovered in a farmer's field east of the city in May.
Meyer 'brutalized' by media coverage, says family
The statement also expresses resentment at the media's portrayal of Meyer during coverage of her murder and Briscoe's trial.
"Our daughter, who was a victim of a horrible murder, was brutalized in the media," her family wrote.
"Yes, Ellie was addicted to drugs. She resorted to prostitution to pay for that addiction; she paid dearly for that addiction; she paid with her life; there never was a thing in the media that said who she was, only what she was in their estimation."
The statement went on to describe Meyer as a mother, daughter, sister and friend.
"She was a mother who made the hardest decision any mother has to make, and that is to give up her children knowing that she was doing the right thing for them."
"She was a daughter who never failed to say, 'I love you Mom and Dad' when she phoned home. She was a sister who loved and protected her brother and sister at every turn."
"She was a friend and someone who would give whatever she had if it meant making life a little easier for you."
Meyer's family thanked the RCMP officers who worked on the case and Victim Services for helping them cope.
The family also extended regards for the family of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte, who also was slain in April 2005.
Briscoe was convicted of first-degree murder this week in the girl's death.
Briscoe's accomplice in Courtepatte's murder, Joseph Laboucan, was convicted of first-degree murder in Meyer's death.