Man Convicted In 1974 UAH Murder Denied Parole Again

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A man who murdered a Huntsville student and raped her roommate nearly 40 years ago will stay behind bars.

Tuesday, Jacinto Rodriguez was denied parole for the 13th time.

Jacinto Rodriguez (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

Jacinto Rodriguez (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

He was convicted of killing 18-year-old Kelly Zettle, a freshman music student at the University of Alabama-Huntsville in 1974.  He also raped and nearly killed Bobbi Ann Ostrander.

Our news partners, The Huntsville Times/ report the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles took about 60 seconds to deny Rodriguez’ request for freedom.

The 75-year-old will have to serve another five years in prison before he comes up for parole again.