Parole hearing for 'Potato Hill Killer' delayed one month

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A man who has been imprisoned for almost 40 years for the slaying of a woman had his parole hearing delayed, according to the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Bernard Hatch was scheduled for a parole hearing the week of June 23, with the results being released on Monday. His new parole hearing  will be the week of July 28.

Hatch went to prison for the 1973 murder of Mary Rose Turner. He's the subject of an urban legend, and a book, "The Potato Hill Killer," written by a local college professor in 2009. Hatch was convicted in April 1975.

The Oneida County District Attorney's Office has a letter on file with the parole board, objecting to Hatch's release.

Hatch killed Turner in Boonville. A witness at the time testified he saw Turner's body being dragged by a car.              

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