The Alabama Senate wants to make sure former death row inmate Judith Ann Neelley never gets paroled from an Alabama prison.
The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday for a bill that would deny parole to any death row inmate who is granted clemency by the governor. The bill still must pass the House and be signed by the governor before taking effect.
The bill's sponsor, state Senator Lowell Barron of Fyffe, said Neelley killed her 13-year-old victim near his home in DeKalb County. Barron said area residents were angered in 1999 when Gov. James commuted her death sentence to life. James' decision would make Neelley eligible for parole in 2014.
Neelley was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die for the 1982 kidnapping and murder of Lisa Ann Millican from a shopping mall in Rome, Georgia. The girl's body was dumped in Little River Canyon in northeast Alabama.
The girl was sexually abused before Neelley injected her six times with liquid drain cleaner and fatally shot her.