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'Potato Hill Killer' up for parole this month

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A man who has been imprisoned for almost 40 years for the slaying of a woman is up for parole this month.

Bernard 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.

Hatch has a parole hearing the week of June 23. The parole board will release the results of the hearing on June 30. 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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