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Parole Board split on Reena Virk’s killer Kelly Ellard getting escorted temporary passes

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WATCH: A split decision by the parole board means - at least for now - no temporary escorted releases from prison for notorious killer Kelly Ellard. Jill Bennett has the latest from outside the Fraser Valley Institution for Women – Jan 18, 2017

Convicted killer Kelly Ellard will not be granted escorted temporary absences from prison, at least for now.

The Parole Board was split on whether Ellard should have been granted the passes.

A new hearing will now be scheduled for the future and two different board members will evaluate Ellard’s case.

Ellard has now spent 15 years in prison for killing 14-year-old Reena Virk near Victoria in 1997.

She was denied parole at a hearing last year despite admitting for the first time she was responsible for Virk’s death.

Ellard was 15-years old when she smashed Virk’s head against a tree and held her underwater until she stopped moving.

READ MORE: Timeline: Reena Virk murder and the trials of Kelly Ellard

Ellard was asking for up to five escorted short absences from prison every month for “parental responsibilities.”

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Her case made news last October after a report said she was eight months pregnant following a conjugal visit with her boyfriend.

Further information about her baby has not been released.

Ellard has had escorted absences from the prison in the past, likely for medical appointments.

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