Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Stocking Strangler Serial Killer Carlton Gary To Be Executed, SCOTUS Denies Stay

Stocking Strangler Serial Killer Carlton Gary To Be Executed, SCOTUS Denies Stay

The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously dismissed a motion requesting a stay of execution for Carlton Gary, also known as the 'Stocking Strangler'.

Records from past executions show the lethal drug generally starts flowing within a couple of minutes of the warden exiting.

Gary is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the 1977 rapes and murders of Florence Scheible, 89, Martha Thurmond, 70, and Kathleen Woodruff, 74.

Carlton Gary, 67, choked his victims with stockings in a series of murders in Columbus, Georgia. If the executions go ahead, they would be the fifth and sixth this year in the United States, where 1,469 inmates have been put to death since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

For the last 30 years, Gary's lawyers have been filing appeals through state and federal courts to revoke the order of his execution.

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Lawyers for an inmate known as the Georgia "stocking strangler" say that the state has denied their requests for clemency, despite evidence they say casts doubt on his guilt.

The west Georgia city of Columbus was terrified by a string of attacks on older women between September 1977 and April 1978.

In last-minute appeals, attorneys for Gary cited the same evidence used past year while trying to get Gary a new trial or sentence in Muscogee Superior Court, where a judge rejected those motions in September, according to the newspaper.

The victims were all older white women who lived alone and were sexually assaulted and choked - usually with stockings, prosecutors said during his trial. All but one of the Georgia victims lived in the Wynnton neighbourhood, and all lived near Gary at the time of the crimes.

Gary's lawyers have argued physical evidence that exonerates him wasn't available at the time of trial, either because the necessary testing wasn't yet available or because the state didn't provide it. Gary was only charged in three, but prosecutors believe he also carried out the other attacks.

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The parole board met Wednesday to receive information for or against clemency and announced its members have been reviewing the parole case file on Gary for the past several weeks.

One of the reasons behind throwing out Gary's appeal, as the Georgia Supreme Court explained, was that his lawyers did not submit the additional application for a discretionary appeal to the Court and instead re-submitted an "original motion".

Meanwhile Eggers was put to death at 7:30pm on Thursday, after dropping his appeal in 2016.

The warden exited the execution chamber at 10.17pm on Thursday.

'Mr. Eggers was convicted of brutally beating and then murdering Mrs. Francis Murray, who was simply trying to help him, ' Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said in a statement after the execution.

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