BEATEN, BATTERED AND DAMNED

THE DRANO MURDER TRIAL

September 28, 1982, 9:32 A.M., Lisa Ann Millican, a 13-year-old runaway from a Georgia orphan home, was standing in the wind two inches from the edge of a 430-foot canyon precipice. She had been raped for two days and injected six times with Drano. In minutes, she will be shot in the back and pushed over the edge. Alvin Neeley will then be ready to entice another female to rape and kill.

     In Alabama, being a Republican meant being punished for my politics. Out of law school less than 30 days, I had been forced to represent a member of the Klu Klux Klan in one of the worst racially motivated, gang rape, capital cases in Alabama history and now would be forced to represent the killer, Neelley’s 18-year-old wife, Judith Ann. Neelley’s case would be my 17th murder or rape case undertaken at my own personal expense.

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From the attorney who successfully prevented Neelley from being sentenced to death in Alabama’s electric chair This first hand account of the trial of the infamous young wife of Alvin Neelley, a sexually sadistic rapist, illustrates French’s groundbreaking battered woman syndrome defense. Judith taunted the police with cryptic anonymous calls, leading investigators to the spot deep in Little River Canyon where she had pushed her young victim to her death. French has kept silent about the case for more than 30 years.

From the attorney who successfully prevented Neelley from being sentenced to death in Alabama’s electric chair This first hand account of the trial of the infamous young wife of Alvin Neelley, a sexually sadistic rapist, illustrates French’s groundbreaking battered woman syndrome defense. Judith taunted the police with cryptic anonymous calls, leading investigators to the spot deep in Little River Canyon where she had pushed her young victim to her death. French has kept silent about the case for more than 30 years.