American couple murderers Alvin Howard Neelley, Jr. and Judith Ann Adams Neelley were convicted of two torture murders. Both of them was found guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering 13-year-old Lisa Ann Millican and 22-year-old Janice Kay Chatman on September 28 and October 4, 1982, by shooting them in Alabama, Georgia. Judith was sentenced in 1983 to the death penalty in Alabama, but her sentence was later changed to life imprisonment in 1999, and she is serving her sentence at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama. Alvin was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Bostick State Prison in Hardwick, Georgia and died there in 2005.
Alvin Howard Neelley, Jr. was born in Georgia in 1953. He had a terrible childhood where he stole cars a teenager. 26-year-old Alvin met 15-year-old Judith and divorced his wife before he married/eloped with Judith. Judith Ann Adams was born on June 7, 1964, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to an alcoholic father who died years after her birth in a motorcycle accident. Judith began committing crimes, murders, and armed robbery after meeting Alvin. Judith was pregnant while committing these crimes with Alvin and gave birth to twins the Youth Development Center in Rome, Georgia while she was incarcerated.
There were two crimes at the Youth Development Center. Employee Ken Dooley of the Youth Development Center was shot at four times on September 11, 1982. Employee Linda Adair"s home was firebombed on September 12, 1982, with a Molotov cocktail. A female called both victims after the attacks and informed them that she was sexually assaulted/abused at the Youth Development Center, but Linda and Ken could not recognize the female"s voice.
Lisa Ann Millican was 13-years-old when Judith and Alvin kidnapped her on on September 25, 1982, from the Riverbend Mall in Rome, Georgia. Lisa was from Cedartown, Georgia. The couple took her to a motel in Scottsboro, Alabama where they both held her captive and raped her multiple times. Judith injected Lisa on the side of her neck with Drano on September 28th and then later inject the other side of her neck with Drano along with her arms and butt cheeks. Judith injects Lisa with Drano because she thought Drano would kill Lisa but that did not work and turned to Liquid Plumber as the new injection but that also did not work. Judith then told Lisa to stand up, and Judith shot Lisa in the back. Lisa"s body was thrown over a cliff in the Little River Canyon located in Fort Payne, Alabama. Judith called multiple police stations informing them of Lisa"s body at the Little River Canyon. Police found Lisa"s body over a fallen tree on the canyon"s floor.
Judith Neelley attacked the young engaged couple, Janice Chatman and John Hancock on October 4, 1982. The couple was from Rome, Georgia. She shot John and kidnapped Janice. Judith took Janice back to her and Alvin"s motel room, where they tortured and murdered Janice but John survived the gunshot wound and was able to identify Judith and Alvin as their attackers.
Judith was arrested on October 9, 1982, and Alvin was captured a few days later. Judith was found guilty of being the person behind the Youth Development Center employees attack. Alvin pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated assault so he can avoid the death penalty in Georgia and he was not tried for Lisa Millican"s murder.
Judith gave birth to her third child in prison before her trial on March 7, 1983, in Fort Payne, Alabama. Judith was convicted of torturing and murdering Lisa Ann Millican after her six-week trial. The jury wanted to sentence Judith with life imprisonment, but Judge Randall Cole thought otherwise and sentenced her to the death penalty with Alabama"s electric chair. Judith pleaded guilty to murdering Janice Chatman after her first conviction.
Alvin Neelley served his sentence in 1983 at the Bostick State Prison until he died in November 2005.
Judith Neelley was the youngest woman to be sentenced to the death penalty in the United States and served her time on Alabama"s Death Row at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women.
Judith appealed for a new trial was denied in March 1987, and the United States Supreme Court confirmed her death sentence in 1989.
Alabama"s governor, Fob James in 1999, granted Judith clemency on January 15, 1999, which was only days away from her execution date. Governor Rob dismissed her original sentence (death by electric chair) and sentenced her to life in prison without parole.
Judith could have had the possibility of parole in January 2014 according to the Alabama Department of Corrections, but the Alabama Legislature passed a law in 2003 for her parole to always be ineligible.
Investigation Discovery program titled, Most Evil profiled Judith and Alvin Neelley"s case on February 28, 2008.
Forensic psychiatrist Michael Stone developed a scale that measures what type of killer a person is, and Judith ranked as a Category 22 killer who is the evilest level there is for torture murderers.