- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Huron woman who stabbed her 3-year-old daughter to death 27 years ago wants future parole boards barred from viewing autopsy and crime scene photos.

Mark Marshall, a lawyer for Debra Jenner, has raised constitutional questions about the right of an inmate to a fair and impartial hearing in a federal lawsuit seeking an order barring the viewing of the photos, the Argus Leader newspaper reported (https://argusne.ws/YGvU8e ).

Jenner, 58, was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1987 death of her daughter, Abby. She has been denied parole 15 times since then-Gov. Bill Janklow in 2003 commuted her sentence from life in prison to 100 years in exchange for Jenner’s admission of guilt. Her next parole hearing is in May 2015.

Former Beadle County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Sheridan put the photos in the file of Jenner, who authorities say stabbed Abby 72 times with a toy metal airplane and kitchen knife.

“I always thought it was necessary for people to know what happened to that little girl,” Sheridan said.

Attorney General Marty Jackley said the photos were part of the court record and ought to be available to future parole board members.

Jenner and her parents have repeatedly argued that the public would be safe if she were released. She has said she might have been suffering from postpartum depression.


Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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