By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
The woman convicted in the infamous rape and murder of a Cedartown teen may be eligible for parole sometime this year, Alabama officials say.
According to Weiss News Radio, Judith Ann Neelly was imprisoned alongside her husband Alvin for abducting 13-year-old Lisa Millican from Rome’s Riverbend Mall in 1983. Investigators say both Neellys raped the young girl before injecting her with Drano then shooting her and pushing her off a cliff at Little River Canyon.
Neelly was once the youngest ever on death row until then Alabama Governor Fob James commuted her sentence to life in prison. His decision left a murky area of law that her attorneys could use to seek parole.
Alvin Neelly, who was sentenced to life-time behind bars, died in a Georgia prison in 2005.