For six years the case languished in the courts, and Kathy’s defense attorney, Patrick Hill, had argued that the delay was violating Kathy’s Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial. A hearing on his request was held this past week in Limestone County.
Faced with the possible dismissal of the capital murder charge, Jones decided to settle the case. Kathy, 59, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter and received time already served — 12 years — on the forgery and theft charges.
Now clear of the murder charge, Birge hopes to be paroled from Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, where she has remained since 2001.
Her release date is 2021 but she is eligible for earlier parole.