TN woman previously on death row for killing a child could get parole

Mugshot of Judith Ann Neelley, who was convicted of murdering Lisa Ann Millican in 1982.


A north Georgia family is speaking up about their loved one’s killer possibly being granted parole next month.

Judith Ann Neelley from Murfreesboro, Tennessee was convicted in the 1982 kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Lisa Ann Millican.

Neelley is currently serving a life sentence in Alabama.

Lisa’s family plans on attending the parole board hearing on May 23, in Montgomery. Their goal is to be a voice for her.

What they’re finding out is if Neelley is granted parole, she may not be a free woman.

Lisa’s family visits her gravestone each year for her birthday. The oldest of five would have been 49 last month.

“This is where my sister will always be, right here. If I want to hug her, I have to come touch her stone because they felt the need to take her away from us,” Tina Millican, the victim’s sister said.

In 1982, then 18-year-old Judith Ann Neelley and her husband, Alvin, kidnapped the 13-year-old from a Rome, Georgia shopping center.

Alvin Neelley later died in prison.

The young teen was sexually assaulted, injected with Drano, and then shot in the head before her body was dumped in Little River Canyon near Fort Payne, Alabama.

Some of Lisa’s siblings were too young to remember her.

“I don’t have no memories of her. I just hear stories. I get to look at pictures of her. She never got to grow up, never got to fall in love, never even got to finish school. How can anybody consider letting her out?,” Judy Millican Bradley, the victim’s other sister, said.

Next month, the Alabama parole board will consider Neelley’s case for the first time.

“I’ve never thought this day would come, but it has. We all need to stand together and stop this from happening because if she can get out in Alabama, what if she does this to another innocent person or child? Put more families through what my momma, my brother, and everybody’s been through,” Bradley said.

The board will hear testimony from each side at the hearing and could last up to an hour.

Two out of three board members must side with Neelley for her to be granted parole.

By being there, Lisa’s family hopes parole is denied.

“It’s important to me so everybody can hear Lisa’s story. Remember Lisa was loved. She still is. She’s not forgotten,” Bradley said.

Even if Neelley is granted parole in Alabama, she may still be a long way from freedom.

She would be taken to a prison in Georgia because she was convicted of kidnapping in that state. Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader sent a letter to the Alabama parole board.

Sheriff Schrader said Neelley was sentenced to life for kidnapping Janice Chatman. She was killed just days after the death of Lisa Ann Millican.

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