Convicted baby killer Genene Jones denied parole in unanimous vote

By Robert Arnold - Investigative Reporter
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HOUSTON - Convicted killer Genene Jones has been denied parole. According to officials with the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole the vote to deny Jones' parole was unanimous.

State officials also said Jones received what is called a "serve all," which means Jones will not be eligible for another parole review before her mandatory release in February 2018.

Jones was convicted in 1984 of killing 15-month-old Chelsea McLellan by giving her an overdose of muscle relaxants. Jones was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Jones remains a suspect in the deaths of more than 40 infants during her time as a pediatric nurse in San Antonio and Kerrville. However, court records show that since so much of the evidence in those cases was destroyed during the late 70s and early 80s by the now-shuttered hospital Jones worked for, she was only convicted of Mclellan's murder.

Jones was sentenced under an old Texas law meant to alleviate prison overcrowding. That law, which was repealed by the Texas legislature, allowed violent offenders like Jones to accrue so-called "good time."

This means for every day a prisoner showed good behavior behind bars they were allowed to knock a day off the end of the time they are required to remain in prison before the state is required to grant them parole.

Since Local 2 Investigates began reporting on this issue nearly two years ago, Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed announced she was re-opening the old cases against Jones. Reed said she is hoping enough evidence can be found to prosecute Jones on at least one other case and keep her in prison.

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