July 4, 2020 | News | No Comments
ATLANTA, GA — The main suspect in the Atlanta Child Murders, Wayne Williams, has been denied parole by the Georgia Parole Board, Fox 5 reported. In 1982, he was convicted of killing two adults, and a judge sentenced him to serve two life terms.
Police still suspect Williams in the Atlanta murders of more than 20 children that took place between 1979 and 1981, but he’s never been charged in connection with their deaths.
In a statement, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole told Fox 5 that Williams was being considered for parole but that the board voted to deny it in November. A letter was sent to Williams from the board saying the request was denied due to “insufficient amount of time served to date given the nature and circumstances of your offense(s).”
“You are encouraged to continue in your rehabilitative efforts so you will be properly prepared to succeed in the event a future consideration results in your transition back into society,” wrote Rick Jacobs, director of Clemency and Parole Selection Division.
Williams’ next parole consideration will be in November 2027, which is the maximum date of eight years.
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According to the news station, Williams’ denial for parole occurred after Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that Atlanta police and other law enforcement agencies will re-examine evidence collected during the cases that terrorized the community during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She created the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce, whose job is to determine “an appropriate acknowledgement of the lives cut short during the Atlanta Child Murders,” Bottoms said in May.
In March, Bottoms announced that a joint investigative task force would reopen and retest some of the evidence from the Atlanta Child Murders. The task force will be composed of Atlanta police officials, Fulton County and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Modern technology will be used in examining the evidence surrounding the deaths of 22 of the 29 murders.