Alvin Howard Neelley, Jr. (July 15, 1953 – October 21, 2005) and Judith Ann Adams Neelley (born June 7, 1964) are an American couple who committed two torture murders. They each were convicted of the kidnappings and murders of Lisa Ann Millican and Janice Kay Chatman and attempted to commit a third. Judith Neelley was sentenced to death by the State of Alabama (1983), but her sentence was commuted to life imprisonment (1999). She is serving her sentence at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama. Alvin Neelley was serving a life sentence at the Bostick State Prison in Hardwick, Georgia at the time of his death in 2005.
Lisa Ann Millican
Lisa Ann Millican, a 13-year-old girl from Cedartown, Georgia, was abducted by Alvin and Judith Neelley from the Riverbend Mall in Rome, Georgia on September 25, 1982. She was taken to a Scottsboro, Alabama, motel where the Neelleys held her captive. During her captivity, Lisa was raped by both Neelleys multiple times. On September 28, Judith injected Lisa with Drano into first one side, and later both sides of her neck, both arms, and both buttocks in an attempt to poison her to death. Liquid Plumber was also used on some of the injections. When the painful poisoning hadn’t killed her, Lisa was ordered to rise, shot in the back by Judith, and her body thrown over a cliff in the Little River Canyon in Fort Payne, Alabama. Judith later called various police agencies several times to report the location of Lisa’s body, where it was found on the canyon floor draped over a fallen tree.
Janice Chatman and John Hancock
Janice Chatman and John Hancock were a young engaged couple from Rome, Georgia. On October 4, 1982, they were abducted by Judith Neelley. John Hancock was shot while Janice Chatman was abducted and brought back to the Neelleys’ motel room, where she was tortured and murdered. John Hancock, however, did not die and was able to point to Alvin and Judith Neelley as his assailants.
Arrests and trial
Judith Neelley was arrested on October 9, 1982, and Alvin was taken into custody a few days later. Judith was deduced as being the perpetrator in the YDC employee attacks.
To avoid the death penalty, Alvin Neelley pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated assault in Georgia. He was not tried for the Lisa Millican murder.
Judith Neelley’s trial began on March 7, 1983, in Fort Payne. Before her trial, however, she gave birth to a third child behind bars. After a six-week trial, Judith was convicted of the torture murder of Lisa Ann Millican. Despite a jury’s recommendation to sentence Judith to life in prison, judge Randall Cole sentenced the 18-year-old mother of three to death in Alabama’s electric chair.
After conviction for the Millican murder, Judith pleaded guilty to Janice Chatman’s murder.
Alvin Neelley was incarcerated at the Bostick State Prison from 1983 until his death in November 2005.
At 18-years-old, double murderer Judith Neelley became the youngest woman sentenced to death in