A parole hearing for Tina Marie Hickey Powell, convicted of five counts of murder in Lexington in 1987, has been rescheduled.
The full Kentucky Parole Board was scheduled to meet Monday to make a decision on parole for Powell in Frankfort. But the hearing was moved to April 25 because there won't be enough board members available to hold the hearing, according to the state Department of Corrections. At least five members of the nine-member board must be present to conduct the hearing, a Department of Corrections spokesman said.
In April 1986, Powell, along with LaFonda Fay Foster, killed Carlos Kearns, 73; his wife, Virginia Kearns, 45; Trudy Harrell, 59; Theodore Sweet, 53; and Roger Keene, 47.
On Wednesday, Powell met with two parole board members. The board members, Larry Chandler and Shannon Jones, decided they wanted to deny parole and wanted more than five years to pass before Powell comes up for parole again. Under state guidelines, because they wanted more than five years to pass, the full board is required to vote on the matter.
Wednesday's hearing marked the first time that Powell, 52, had been before the board since she was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole for 25 years.
Powell said Wednesday that she and Foster killed the five people after a weeklong cocaine and alcohol binge. The victims, who were shot, stabbed, run over with a vehicle and burned, were found in various locations in east Lexington.