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WACO (AP) A former death row inmate who's served 44 years of two life sentences for a pair of slayings in the late 1960s is up for parole for the 27th time.

Carlos Don Stultz, who now is 71, was convicted in 1969 for the stabbing death of 17-year-old Kathy Jones at her home near Mexia and for killing a 12-year-old girl in Dallas. He received a death sentence that was commuted to life in prison when the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the death penalty three years later.

But the 82-year-old former Central Texas prosecutor who put Stultz in prison, the current district attorney and residents in Mexia are working with Jones' parents to ensure Stultz remains locked up.

Stultz tells the Waco Tribune-Herald from prison he didn't commit either slaying.

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