Parole denied in almost 40-year-old murder case


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Parole has been denied for a 75-year-old man charged in the 1974 beating death of 18-year-old Kelly Zettle of Florence.

The Florence Times-Daily newspaper reported ( ) Jacinto Rodriguez was denied parole Tuesday. He has had more than a dozen hearings.

Rodriquez was a musician. He was accused of luring Zettle and her University of Alabama in Huntsville roommate, Bobbi Ann Ostrander, to a vacant home in Madison County.

He confessed to beating Zettle and Ostrander, who was 19 and now lives out of state. Rodriguez was sentenced to life in prison for Zettle's death and 15 years for the attempted murder of Ostrander.

Zettle's mother, Jackie Zettle, told Huntsville television station WAFF she was relieved parole was denied. She said she feared he might be released because of crowded prisons.

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