Board to hold clemency hearing for condemned Georgia inmate

Aaron Brown
March 18, 2018

Gary appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal and the US Supreme Court but all three declined to stay the execution.

Gary also said his lead attorney John "Jack" Martin has cancer.

Reports from previous executions show the lethal drug starts flowing a few minutes after the warden leaves the chamber.

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.

In the late 1970s, a serial killer stalked Columbus, Ga., raping and murdering elderly women.

If executed, he will be the 48th inmate put to death by lethal injection in the state of Georgia.

So when a Black man named Carlton Gary was arrested six years after the last murder in 1984, it was a big deal and he was nicknamed the "stocking strangler" by White media outlets. Most were choked with stockings and seven died.

Meanwhile, protesters from a group called Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, gathered outside the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia, to protest Gary's execution.

From September 1977 to April 1978, the string of violent attacks on older women terrified the west Georgia city of Columbus.

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Gary contented there was enough evidence to prove he was innocent of the crimes he is convicted off.

The victims were all older white women who lived alone and were sexually assaulted and choked, usually with stockings.

The Georgia parole board had been reviewing his case for several weeks after lawyers insisted evidence could cast a doubt on Gary's guilt; however, on Wednesday he was denied clemency.

The lawyers claim that Gary is not the "Stocking Strangler" and that someone else is responsible for the multiple murders, the newspaper reported.

DNA evidence found on clothing taken from the home of a victim who survived an attack and dramatically identified Gary at trial did not match his DNA, his lawyers wrote.

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".

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

Gary's lawyers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether the Eighth and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution prohibit the execution of someone who is innocent if the evidence of innocence wasn't available at the time of trial.

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

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