ATLANTA — Wayne Williams, long considered by many authorities as the prime suspect in the Atlanta Child Murders, has been denied parole.
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Williams, 61, has maintained his innocence even as he was convicted in 1982 of the murders of two adults and then sentenced to two life terms in prison with the possibility of parole. Prosecutors said he was also suspected of killing more than 20 black children in the Atlanta area from 1979 to 1981, but he was never charged in any child's death.
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Venus Taylor's 12-year-old daughter Angel was killed in March 1980. She said years after her daughter's death, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent told her they knew who killed Angel, but would never be able to prosecute him.
"Wayne Williams had nothing to do with killing my child," Taylor said.
Taylor also wants Williams released.
"I think he's done enough time," Taylor said.
In a letter dated last month but just released Monday, the state board cited the main reason for the denial was "insufficient amount of time served to date given the nature and circumstances of your offense(s)."
"There's just polarizing facts surrounding the two convictions," Hendrix said.
Williams' private investigator has set up a tip line for callers -- 770-337-3999. Callers can remain anonymous and don't have to give identifying information.