A Kansas City, Mo., man who was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1985 strangulation death of a Kansas University professor is eligible for parole in Februray, the Kansas Parole Board has announced.
Eugene Avis Jr. currently is serving a 12-year prison term at the Norton Correctional Facility.
Avis was found guilty of strangling George V. Hixson in his Lawrence home in November 1985. During his trial, Avis said Hixson, a professor of design, had made homosexual advances toward him after Hixson picked him up at the Union Mission in Kansas City, Mo. Avis reportedly went to Hixson's Lawrence home under the impression he was to do odd jobs for Hixson.
Another prisoner who is elegible for parole next month is a Lawrence man who was convicted for the 1983 rape and attempted rape of two women who shared an apartment in southwest Lawrence.
Dennis M. Jackson currently is serving his 18-year sentence at the Hutchinson Correctional on charges of rape, attempted rape, two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and two counts of aggravated sodomy, all felonies.
Jackson reportedly walked into the women's apartment either late July 10 or early July 11, 1983, as they watched television. At knifepoint he raped one woman, attempted to rape the other and forced both of them to perform oral sex.
THE FOLLOWING is a list of other inmates from Douglas County or nearby Douglas County who are eligible for parole in February, the county where they were convicted, the crime they committed and their current location.
Jeffrey A. Boggs, Douglas, aggravated robbery, Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
Samuel Turner, Douglas and Leavenworth, two counts of aggravated battery, Hutchinson.
Vernon J. Turner, Douglas, aggravated sexual battery, Hutchinson.
Bobby R. Nelson, Jefferson, burglary, Hutchinson.
Terry Fussell, Ford, Jefferson, forgery, aggravated escape from custody, Larned State Security Hospital.
Dow D. Wood, Jefferson, Wyandotte, theft, burglary, aggravated robbery, burglary, Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
Allan T. Godfrey, Douglas, aggravated sodomy, burglary, Lansing Correctional Facility.
David Jackson Jr., Douglas, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, attempted aggravated assault on a police officer, Lansing.
David L. Robinson, Douglas, terroristic threat and aggravated battery, Lansing.
Kevin M. Reed, Douglas and Shawnee, robbery and attempted burglary, Norton Correctional Facility.
Bret Stalcup, Douglas, drug-related charge, aggravated assault, Winfield Correctional Facility.
Delbert E. Highman, Douglas, Leavenworth and Shawnee, aggravated burglary, three counts of theft, burglary and robbery, El Dorado Correctional Facility.
THE KANSAS Parole Board has scheduled the following public comment sessions to accept testimony about any inmates eligible for parole in February.
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the commissioner's room of the Wyandotte County Courthouse, 710 N. Seventh, Kansas City, Kan.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the auditorium of the Topeka Public Library, 1515 W. 10th, Topeka.
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the city council chambers of the Municipal Building, 455 N. Main, Wichita.
Anyone who would like to comment about an inmate, but can't attend a meeting may write to the Kansas Parole Board, Landon State Office Buidling, 900 Jackson, Room 452-South, Topeka, 66612-1220.