Genene Jones, the killer nurse who may be the most infamous serial killer in Texas history, is up for a parole hearing at the women's prison in east Texas where she is serving a 99 year sentence for the murder of a little girl in Kerrville in 1984, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
"She should absolutely not be released from prison," Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed said. "We have made every effort to see that that doesn't happen."
Jones, 64, was a practicing nurse in the old Bexar County Medical Center, and at pediatric clinics in San Antonio and the Hill Country. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, she is suspected of murdering as many as 60 babies and young children, generally by injecting them with an overdose of muscle relaxing drugs. She is referred to as 'The Angel of Death,' and is believed to be the model for the evil character of Anne Wilkes in the Stephen King thriller 'Misery.'
"We presented the Texas Ranger who handled the investigation," Reed said. "He said she was one of the worst killers and criminals he had ever seen."
Jones is arguing for 'compassionate parole,' claiming that she is ill with a kidney disease.
But what Reed is most worried about is the fact that, under a 1983 state law that was in place when Jones was convicted, she is up for mandatory release in four years. Prison overcrowding was a major problem in Texas at the time, and lawmakers mandated that after felons had served a certain amount of their sentence, they had to be released to free up space for other convicts.
Reed says she is looking at the possibility of trying Jones for one of the many murders she is suspected of committed in Bexar County. There is no statute of limitations on murder, and an additional conviction would not carry the early release stipulation. A reduction in crime and an increase in the number of prison beds in the last thirty years has changed that situation.
"The issue becomes whether the individuals who we would absolutely need are still alive, if we could get evidence," she said.
Reed said that she has also looking into the possibility of exhuming the bodies of some of Jones' alleged Bexar County victims, to see if they could still be tested for residue of a drug overdose.