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Killer waives parole hearing in teen's 1982 rape, murder

(Alabama Department of Corrections)

Judith Ann Neelley reserved her right to have a parole hearing in the future.

Posted: May 2, 2018 9:30 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A woman originally sentenced to die for the 1982 rape and slaying of a 13-year-old Georgia girl in Alabama has waived her parole hearing.

Fifty-three-year-old Judith Ann Neelley says in a letter obtained by AL.com that she waived the hearing to avoid further traumatizing Lisa Ann Millican's family. Court documents say Neelley kidnapped Millican for her then-husband, Alvin, to rape. Neelley then injected Millican with drain cleaner, shot her and pushed her into a canyon.

Neelley's death sentence was commuted to life in 1999 by Alabama Gov. Fob James. A 2003 Alabama law barring Neelley from parole was ruled unconstitutional in March. If granted parole later, Neelley may be arrested by Georgia authorities who have a warrant for her for a consecutive life sentence in a kidnapping case.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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