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Capital Murder Inmate Seeks Parole Under New Law, But Attorney General Says No

Glen Conley had just parked his Nissan vehicle outside his workplace, Supreme Healthcare Corporation, in Houston, Texas, in August 1997, when two men followed him inside. “Glen Conley, I have a warrant for your arrest. You’re wanted for capital murder back in Mississippi,” one of the men said, as Conley related to the Mississippi Free Press by phone from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, Miss., in May.

“Hands on the wall,” the man that told Conley about the warrant for his arrest continued that August.

The other man placed handcuffs on him.

“Is this some kind of joke?” Conley says he asked the men.

“No sir; no joke,” the other responded, holding up the warrant for Conley, who was 25 at the time, to see.

The officers then took him to the downtown Houston jail to await extradition back to Mississippi where he was under indictment for capital murder for drowning a little girl he believed to be his daughter—a tragedy he says was an accident. Regardless, he believes he now has a right to parole after decades behind bars, but the State of Mississippi refuses to grant it.

An Outing to Percy Quin State Park

The indictment that then-Pike County Circuit Judge Keith Starrett, now 71, read to the jury during Conley’s trial in 1998 said he faced two charges. “Ladies and gentlemen, to give you a little background in this case, it’s alleged on or about this day, the 21st day of May, 1994, Mr. Conley did kidnap (a mother and her daughter) and bring them to Pike County from the State of Louisiana,” the judge said. Starrett is now a U.S. Southern District of Mississippi Court senior judge.

“It’s alleged that while this kidnapping was in process that the victim … was killed and murdered; It’s alleged that this occurred at Percy Quin State Park (in Pike County, Miss.) about, well, almost four years—a little over four years ago.”

At the time of the incident, Conley said that he believed he was the father of the 3-year-old girl, and he was taking her and the

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