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Genene Jones: Parole Hearing Coming Up for Suspected Serial Killer

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 05:22 PM

Genene Jones, a nurse suspected of murdering dozens of babies and young children in the 1970s and ’80s, is up for a parole hearing.

Jones, who is said to be the model for the character Anne Wilkes in Stephen King’s thriller "Misery," is serving a 99-year sentence for the murder of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan in a Texas pediatric clinic. She is suspected of killing many more children by injecting them with an overdose of muscle relaxing drugs.

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"She should absolutely not be released from prison," Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed said, according to WOAI radio. "We have made every effort to see that that doesn't happen."

Jones, 64, says she is ill with kidney disease and is seeking “compassionate parole.”

Even if she is denied parole, Reed told the radio station that Jones could be up for mandatory release in four years under a 1983 law that was in place at the time of her conviction. She added that she is looking into trying Jones for one of the other murders she is suspected of committing.

Jones is suspected of killing more than 40 children, but was convicted of two crimes: the murder of Chelsea McClellan and the attempted murder of Rolando Jones, who was 18 months old.

"She's probably going to be the first serial killer in this country's history to be legally released," Andy Kahan, the City of Houston's crime victim advocate, told KHOU-TV.

Kahan said authorities have to generate enough public interest in Jones’s potential release to draw out new evidence to convict her in another murder and keep her in prison.

Such a public campaign was used in to keep serial killer Coral Eugene Watts in prison in 2006, the station reported. Watts confessed to killing 13 women and was sentenced to 60 years.

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