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July 12, 2014

Alabama AG seeks dismissal of convicted killer's suit

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's attorney general is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that seeks to make convicted killer Judith Ann Neelley eligible for parole.

Luther Strange says Neelley waited too many years to challenge a law that makes her ineligible.

Neelley was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die for killing 13-year-old Lisa Ann Millican. She was kidnapped from Rome, Ga., injected with drain cleaner, and pushed into a canyon in northeast Alabama. Gov. Fob James commuted Neelley's death sentence in 1999. That changed her sentence to life and made her eligible for parole. The Legislature passed a retroactive law in 2003 saying a commutation changes a sentence to life without parole.

Neelley sued in April contending the law is unconstitutional because it's retroactive and aimed only at her.

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