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Mon September 20, 2004
State Parole Board to Reconsider Case
By Alabama Public Radio
Gadsden, AL – A Gadsden woman who was paroled last week is getting a second hearing this week after Governor Riley protested her release. Melanie Gray Lowery admitted to killing her husband, Jackie, in 1990 because she says he was abusing her and her children. The state parole board decided that 14 years in prison was enough for Lowery, but Riley asked the board to rescind its decision, saying the crime was unusually brutal. Jackie Lowery was apparently shot in the head, and his body was dismembered and burned. Officials say reconsidering a parole decision is a rare move for the board, and they expect Wednesday's hearing to be emotional.