(WBIR) It could be January before Vanessa Coleman faces a parole board.
On Thursday, the TDOC said that Coleman's parole hearing was delayed from October until December. But that may not be possible.
According to a spokesperson for the Tennessee Board of Parole, the process to actually get Coleman back on the calendar could take time.
"Parole hearing dockets are prepared many weeks in advance. If TDOC notifies us in December that Coleman has reached eligibility for parole consideration, it would then take time to schedule a specific hearing date. After that is done, we give 30 days' advance notice to victims and other registered interested parties, such as prosecutors and law enforcement, of that hearing. Given all that must be completed, it is unlikely that the hearing will take place before January," said Melissa McDonald, Communications Director.
An online petition to deny Coleman parole has reached more than 67,000 signatures on Friday.
The parole hearing for a woman convicted in connection with a brutal double murder has been delayed.
According to the Department of Corrections, the hearing for Vanessa Coleman has been pushed from October to December. The exact date has not been set.
Officials provided no reason for the delay.
As of Thursday afternoon, there are more than 62,000 signatures on the petition.
An online petition already has thousands of signatures to try and keep a woman behind bars for her role in the murder of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.
The petition to "Deny Parole To Vanessa Coleman, Offender #473393" was published Saturday evening on Change.org, according to Dan Frye who created the petition along with Hugh Newsom.
Christian and Newsom were carjacked, raped, tortured, and murdered in January of 2007. Vanessa Coleman has been behind bars since then, serving a 35-year sentence a judge handed down in February 2013 for her role in the crimes.
As of 6 p.m. Sunday, the site showed that more than 8,000 people had already signed the petition with 25,000 total signatures needed.
On Friday, the families of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom spoke to 10News about finding out Vanessa Coleman is set to appear before a parole board in October.
The Newsoms said they expected Coleman to be eligible for parole in 2017, when she would have served 30% of her 35 consecutive year sentence. But they learned this week Coleman could get 16 days per month shaved off her sentence for "good behavior."
On the site it said the petition will be delivered to the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole.