From the Trussville Tribune reports
Judith Ann Neelley, originally sentenced to die for the 1982 brutal slaying of a 13-year-old Lisa Ann Millican in DeKalb County is scheduled for a parole hearing next month.
According to AL.com, Neelley, was arrested 35 years ago in 13-year-old Lisa Ann Millican’s brutal murder.
In late September of 1982, Neelley kidnapped Millican from the Riverbend Mall in Rome, Georgia, and took her to a motel room for her husband, Alvin, to rape.
Over the next several days, Alvin raped Millican four times, with Neelley assisting as needed by beating her and handcuffing her to the bed to prevent an escape.
When the couple was done, Neelley took Millican to Little River Canyon where Neelley injected Lisa six times with liquid drain cleaner in an attempt to kill her.
After she was unsuccessful, Neelley led Millican to the rim of the gorge, shot her in the back and then shoved her into the canyon.
A jury recommended Judith Neelley serve a sentence of life imprisonment without parole but the judge instead imposed a death sentence.
Alvin Neelley was convicted in the death of a woman in Georgia and died while in prison there in 2005.
Alabama law says a person with a life sentence could be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
Neelley had already served more than 15 years by the time of commutation so she sought parole.
Last month, Neelley won her legal fight for a chance at parole when the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unconstitutional a 2003 retroactive law enacted to prevent her parole.
The appeals court said in its March opinion that the 2003 Act did not apply to Neelley because the retroactivity clause went back to 1998 and she committed her crime in 1982.
Those interested in writing letters to protest Neelley’s parole can send mail to the below address:
Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles
Attn: Rhonda Carter
301 South Ripley St., Building D
P.O. Box 302405
Montgomery, AL 36130