Daughter convicted in murders of parents is denied early parole

April 21, 1994

Linda Sue Glazier, who has spent 19 years in prison for the 1974 murders of the adoptive parents she alleges abused her, yesterday lost her bid for a speedy parole as the Parole Commission delayed her release until at least January 1999.

Her lawyers last year had appealed to Gov. William Donald Schaefer for clemency, the first such request here based on a claim of sexual and physical child abuse.

In November, Mr. Schaefer had reduced her sentence from two consecutive life terms to concurrent life terms. With that reduction, Glazier had a parole hearing in January, a few years earlier than her original sentence would have allowed.

But in its decision released yesterday, the parole commission decided that Glazier, 37, should remain in prison at least until a hearing in 1999.

Glazier was 18 in September 1974 when her boyfriend shot and killed her parents, William and Dorothy Glazier, as they slept in their Cambridge home.

Charged along with her boyfriend, Glazier alleges that she was beaten and raped from the time she was 12 years old. Her lawyers say that a court today would hear her charges of abuse, but that such a defense was not acknowledged in 1975.

Paul Mones, a California lawyer who specializes in defending abused children who kill their parents, said he was "astounded" by the decision, considering that Governor Schaefer has granted clemency to several allegedly abused women who had killed their husbands or boyfriends.

"We are not giving up," Mr. Mones added, saying he and Annapolis attorney Frank Dunbaugh would ask the governor to reconsider. "Linda Glazier's case will not fall by the wayside."

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