No parole for woman in Georgia teen's slaying in Alabama
Wednesday, parole denied for one of Alabama’s most notorious convicted killers.
The Pardon and Parole Board voted to keep Judith Ann Neelley in prison for at least another five years.
Neeley is serving a life sentence for the 1982 rape and torture murder of a 13-year-old Georgia girl, Lisa Millican.
“Judith Ann Neelley is a very cruel, sick person,” said Millican’s brother, Calvin Millican. “She needs to stay. She needs to do her punishment for killing, taking lives.”
Millican’s mother and sisters were also at the hearing, reliving the gruesome account of Lisa being kidnapped at a Georgia mall by Neelley and her husband.
“They took her to a motel where they stripped her and beat her, raped her and sexually assaulted her repeatedly,” said prosecutor Mike O’Dell.
O’ Dell tried the case 35 years ago. He wanted the board to remember just how brutal the murder was.
“Took her up to the canyon, handcuffed her to a tree and then injected Drano into her neck because she wanted to see what it would do to a person,” O’ Dell described.
After repeated injections did not kill her, Neeley shot Millican and pushed her into Little River Canyon.
“I’ve been prosecuting 38 years,” O’Dell said. “I’ve probably prosecuted over 200 murder defendants. I have never prosecuted one other defendant who murdered for sheer sport. She loved killing.”
The was parole denied, a decision Millican's sisters want to be repeated every five years.
“This woman is the true essence of evil and she doesn’t belong on the streets and I applaud those these people for keeping her here at least another five years,” said Tina Millican, Lisa’s sister.
“There are people who ask us to give Judith Neelley mercy,” said Judy Bradley, another of Lisa’s sisters. “Why? She didn’t give Lisa mercy.”
Neeley, who was not present, had an attorney and supporters speak to the board before the decision. The attorney asked the board to end Neeley's burden on Alabama taxpayers and send her to Georgia, where she has a life sentence waiting for a different crime.
A prison ministry group also told the board she's changed, while incarcerated.
Neeley will come before this board again in 2023. Millican's family tells ABC 33/40 they'll be back every five years to fight the possibility of parole.