Parole denied for man charged with 2018 Guntersville murders of 3

MONGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – The Alabama Office of Pardons and Parole on Tuesday denied the request of a man accused of killing three people in Guntersville.

Jimmy O’Neal Spencer was originally convicted of burglary, assault and breaking and entering in 1984. He was granted parole in November 2017, before allegedly murdering 7-year-old Colton Lee, his great-grandfather. grandmother Marie Martin, and her neighbor Martha Reliford in July 2018.

Spencer is now awaiting trial on capital murder charges stemming from those three murders. He is charged with seven counts of capital murder in this case and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Ahead of the hearing, Governor Kay Ivey urged council members to deny Spencer parole, saying he was “a danger to the public and could not be trusted.”

Following the parole denial on Tuesday morning, Attorney General Steve Marshall said he was confident in the board’s decision.

“Jimmy Spencer doesn’t need to be released. There is no doubt about it,” he said. “The fact that this council has to consider this as a matter of law in less than five years from the time he killed three people who had been previously released says a lot about whether or not it was appropriate that we let’s even be here today. .”

Spencer will face parole review again in 2027.


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