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Former death row inmate Judith Ann Neelley has not waived parole hearing

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Convicted murder Judith Ann Neelley has not waived her right to a parole hearing according to a letter from the State Parole Board.

In a letter Neelley sent earlier this month, she said she was waiving her right to a parole hearing to spare her murder victim's family from any emotional harm.

Now the State of Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles says that has not happened and that Neelley’s hearing is still set for later this month.

The Board has issued the following statement:

“Recent media reports have indicated Judith Ann Neelley has waived or attempted to waive parole. These reports follow communications reportedly received from Mrs. Neelley and her counsel to various media representatives, expressing her desire to have the Board of Pardons and Paroles cancel her May 23, 2018 parole hearing. For the sake of making necessary clarification to the public and all involved stakeholders, including those who have received official hearing notifications from the Board, the Board reports that no official waiver process has occurred in her case as would be required for the Board to give effect to Ms. Neelley’s expressed intentions. Unless and until the required waiver process is completed by Ms. Neelley, the Board will move forward with conducting her scheduled hearing and will consider Ms. Neelley for parole like any other parole eligible inmate.”

In 1983, Neelley was sentenced to death for the rape and slaying of a 13-year-old Georgia girl, but her sentenced was commuted to life in prison by Governor Fob James in 1999.


Neelley kidnapped Lisa Ann Millican for her then-husband, Alvin, to rape. They also injected the girl with drain cleaner, shot her and pushed her into a canyon near Fort Payne.

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