By Jim Melwert and Anita Oh
UPPER MERION, Pa. (CBS) — One day after Rafael Robb was released from prison for beating his wife to death more than a decade ago, her friends and family gathered outside the Upper Merion home where she was murdered.READ MORE: Philadelphia's Fourth Of July Festivities Kick Off With Concert, Fireworks
Surrounded by family and friends, Gary Gregory choked back tears as he spoke about the murder of his sister, Ellen.
In 2006, her husband, Rafael Robb was convicted of bludgeoning her to death with a metal bar as she wrapped Christmas gifts.
In the past, Robb has tried unsuccessfully to secure an early release, but after serving all ten years of his prison term for voluntary manslaughter, Robb, a 66-year-old former Penn professor, is now a free man.
“He was a manipulative, abusive husband, a cowardly monster. He was unremorseful and is a serial liar.”
Michael Vereb, a former Pennsylvania State Representative says, “We know that the monster is out of the cage, but the monster, Rafael Robb, needs to know that there’s a vacancy in every state prison in this commonwealth.”
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Gary Gregory says they’ll continue the mission of “Every Great Reason,” the foundation they started in Ellen’s name.
“While Ellen spends a lifetime in the grave, we look to turn her tragedy into a triumph for others.”
Ellen Gregory’s brother says she was face of domestic violence,10k women have been killed since then. They’ll continue fight. @KYWNewsradio
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Gregory says, “Ellen was in many respects the face of domestic violence. She was a loving mother who stayed in a relationship – an abusive relationship – because she thought it was best for her daughter.”
Robb is appealing a civil jury verdict that requires he pay $128 million to his wife’s estate, the assets to go to his now-adult daughter.
However, the Montgomery County DA’s office is reviewing the possibility Robb may have committed perjury regarding testimony in reference to a bank account in France.
Robb testified he is planning to rent an apartment in Pittsburgh, but without money he may be forced to return to the Forest Road home.MORE NEWS: Rhys Hoskins, Darick Hall Homer, Lead Phillies Past Nolan Arenado, Cardinals
A neighbor and friend of Ellen’s said in that case, “Don’t think that we would not act, I’m not sure in what way we would do that, but we are around and we see everything that goes on.”