Woman Serving Life for Heinous Murder Wants Parole Chance

In 1982 Judith Ann Neelley helped her husband sexually abuse a 13 year-old girl, shoot her and inject her with drain cleaner and then toss her over a cliff in Little River Canyon. She was sentenced to death but the governor commuted it to life in 1999. But then the legislature passed a law saying a commutation of a death sentence makes the life sentence without the opportunity of parole and made it retroactive to Neelley’s case. Now her attorneys are making the case that a retroactive law cannot make for a great punishment and want the opportunity for parole reinstated.