Genene Jones, the San Antonio nurse who may be the most prolific serial killer in American history, is facing mandatory release from prison in the coming few years, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Jones, dubbed 'the Killer Angel' allegedly killed as many as 46 infants, toddlers, and young children while she was working as a pediatric nurse at what was then Bexar County Hospital, now University Hospital, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Some of the victims were also killed at hospitals and clinics in the Hill Country.
"She will be legally released under the state's old mandatory release law," Victims Rights attorney Andy Kahan told 1200 WOAI news.
Jones is serving a 99 year prison sentence for he murder of 15 month of Chelsea McClellan, who was killed with an overdose of the sedative succinylcholine that was administered while Chelsea was sitting on her mother's lap at a clinic in Kerrville.
But Kahan says a seventies era law that was in place when Jones was convicted in 1984 designed to reduce prison overcrowding requires that Jones receive 'mandatory release' due to good behavior in prison.
"The bottom line is, one of the nation's most prolific serial killers in our nation's history will be released from prison in late 2017 or early 2018," Kahan said.
The law has since been revoked, but Kahan says that doesn't matter. He says since it was in place when Jones was sentenced, she is covered by the law.
Jones has repeatedly been denied parole after relatives of her little victims forcefully spoke out against releasing her, but Kahan says this has nothing to do with parole. This is 'mandatory release,' and there will be no hearing, and public input will have no impact on her release.
Kahan says there is only one way to stop Jones from walking free. She was convicted of only one of the dozens of murders she is implicated in. He says if evidence can be gathered, an indictment received, and a conviction obtained on another murder, she could be resentenced in that case, and spend the rest of her life in prison, where she belongs.
"If we are going to release a serial killer, we are going to go down kicking and screaming, and the whole world is going to know," he said.
Prosecutors at the time, including Bexar County District Attorney Sam Millsap and Kerr County DA Ron Sutton, suspected that Jones was responsible for at least 11 and as many as 46 deaths of infants at Bexar County Hospital between 1978 and 1982.
They say mortality rates in the pediatric wards began to increase after Jones joined Bexar County Hospital in 1977. They say babies who were suffering from relatively minor conditions would suddenly go into cardiac arrest, or suffer deadly attacks.
A Facebook group called 'Victims of Genene Anne Jones' lists 38 victims of the nurse by name.
Kahan says it will be difficult to get the necessary evidence together for crimes which were committed so long ago. Prosecutors point out that since the cases were not recognized as murder at the time, there is no forensic evidence, or what forensic evidence there is has vanished over time.
But unless something can be done, Jones, who is now 60 and living in the Carole Young Prison Hospital for Women in Dickenson, will walk out into the free Texas sunshine in less than five years. And, if she is released, she will have plenty of opportunities to have contact with children.