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sacra­mento, calif.» A twom­em­ber pa­role panel Thurs­day de­layed mak­ing a de­ci­sion on whether to re­lease an ac­com­plice of cult killer Charles Man­son and who is the long­est-serv­ing fe­male in­mate in Cal­i­for­nia.

Af­ter a day-long hear­ing, the panel from the Board of Pa­role Hear­ings post­poned a de­ci­sion on whether to free Pa­tri­cia Kren­winkel “be­cause they felt in­for­ma­tion dis­cussed at the hear­ing was cause for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” spokes­woman Vicky Waters said in an e-mail.

De­bra Tate, the sis­ter of slain Sharon Tate, said the pa­role of­fi­cials told her the hear­ing was likely to be post­poned about six months while they re­search to see whether Kren­winkel meets the cri­te­ria for hav­ing bat­tered women’s syn­drome.

The panel’s de­ci­sion to de­lay came af­ter the 69-year-old Kren­winkel was pre­vi­ously de­nied pa­role 13 times, most re­cently in 2011.

Kren­winkel ac­knowl­edged dur­ing her trial that she chased down and stabbed Abi­gail Ann Fol­ger, the heiress of a cof­fee for­tune, at Tate’s home.

Con­victed mur­derer Pa­tri­cia Kren­winkel ap­pears at a 2011 pa­role hear­ing. Reed Saxon,

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