Former death row inmate appealing federal judge ruling

Updated: May. 10, 2016 at 1:43 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - A former death row inmate is appealing to the 11th Circuit Court after a federal judge denied her challenge of a state law barring her from parole eligibility.

Judith Ann Neelley filed her case with the federal appeals court this month.

A federal court judge in Alabama rejected her efforts by the state legislature in 2013 aimed to prevent her from having a parole hearing in 2014, 15 years after Governor Fob James commuted her death sentence out of DeKalb County.

Neelley was convicted in 1983 in DeKalb County for the murder of Lisa Ann Millican, who was abducted from a mall in Georgia.

Neelley injected the 13-year-old girl with drain cleaner, then shot her and dumped her body in DeKalb County.

In 2003, state lawmakers led by Senator Lowell Barron, passed a bill to keep Neelley behind bars.

Her attorney argues that legislative action retroactively increases Neelley's commuted sentence in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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