Ala. officials expect Neelley to apply for parole


FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) — DeKalb County officials say they expect attorneys for a woman convicted 30 years ago in the death of a Georgia teen to try applying for parole after a former governor commuted her sentence without specifying whether she'd be eligible.

District Attorney Mike O'Dell tells the Fort Payne Times-Journal ( ) former Gov. Fob James commuted Judith Ann Neelley's death sentence toward the end of his term without consulting with other state officials.

Neelley is accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl, injecting her with drain cleaner and shooting her before pushing her off a cliff.

O'Dell says James commuting Neelley's sentence without elaborating on the possibility of parole left a gray area that her attorneys could use in a request for parole.

Prison records indicate Neelley is eligible.


Information from: Fort Payne Times-Journal,

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