The suitability for parole hearing date for the man convicted of killing a 15-year-old Redlands girl 37 years ago has been postponed.
John Zenc, 57, has requested his hearing date be postponed as he is awaiting the removal of psychiatric evaluations from his file, which he claims are fabricated.
Zenc, an inmate at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, is serving a sentence of seven years to life for murdering Paula Hernandez in an orange grove on her way home from school on March 22, 1977.
He was scheduled to have a suitability of parole hearing on May 22, after filing for a request to advance his hearing because of a court order by a Riverside County Superior Judge to remove two psychiatric evaluations and other documents from Zenc’s file.
Zenc has filed additional petitions to have more documents removed from his file, which are pending in court.
This would have been his eighth suitability for parole hearing since he was incarcerated in 1977.
Helen Reynoza, Paula’s mother, said she is relieved.
“I’m so excited. I called all my kids. They’re very relieved for us,” she said.
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