A man who said he killed his parents and sister after years of sexual abuse by a Boy Scout leader will be granted a clemency hearing. The state Parole Board says the hearing could be held in January.
In the 1997 slayings, Heath Stocks of Lonoke pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life without parole. He admitted to killing 46-year-old Joe Stocks, 43-year-old Barbara Stocks, and 18-year-old Heather Stocks at their home in Furlow on Jan. 17, 1997.
Stocks, is now 30 and he was 20 at the time of the slayings. He claims he was trained to kill by his Boy Scout troop leader, convicted pedophile Jack Walls III.
Stocks' grandmother, Dorothy Stocks, 76, said her grandson should get another chance at life. She says she visits her grandson every few weeks at the Maximum Security Unit at Tucker.
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