SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of two so-called “San Francisco witch killers” has been denied parole.

A parole board on Wednesday said 73-year-old Suzan Carson was unfit for early release. Carson and her husband were convicted of killing three in Northern California in the 1980s during a drug-fueled religious quest to rid the world of witches. They were each sentenced to 75 years to life.

Carson and 64-year-old Michael “Bear” Carson qualified for parole consideration after a federal court concerned with prison overcrowding ordered hearings for about 1,400 inmates older than 60 who have served more than 25 years of their sentences.

Michael Carson canceled his parole hearing in June, saying he refuses to renounce his violent religious beliefs.

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