Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Georgia poised to execute serial killer the Stocking Strangler

Death row inmate Carlton Gary in Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson Georgia U.S. is seen in this Georgia Department Death row inmate Carlton Gary in Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson Georgia U.S. is seen in this Georgia Department
Andrew Cummings | 18 March, 2018, 01:11

Given the option to request a last meal, Gary opted for the standard institutional tray of a grilled hamburger, a hot dog, white beans, coleslaw, and a grape beverage.

In 2016 he dropped his appeals following disagreements with his attorneys and requested that his execution quickly be scheduled, a move which his former attorneys tried to fight, insisting that Eggers was suffering from schizophrenia and was delusional when he made the decision.

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

If the execution is carried out, Gary - who told Vanity Fair in 2007 that his eyes were damaged by a lack of light in jail prior to his trial - would be the first inmate executed in Georgia this year.

Police said Gary was arrested in May 1984 when a gun stolen during a 1977 burglary in an upscale neighbor of Columbus - where all but one of his victims lived - was traced back to him.

The case was one of the most notorious in the state's history, terrifying a city as elderly women were raped and murdered in their homes and left with their own stockings tied around their necks.

Prosecutors say Gary attacked nine elderly women in Columbus in late 1977 and early 1978.

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.

The victims were all older white women who lived alone and were sexually assaulted and choked - usually with stockings, prosecutors said during his trial.

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Gary refused his last meal, did not accept a final prayer or make a final statement, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

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

Victims of Carlton Gary.

The state countered in court filings that the evidence Gary's lawyers cited had already been considered by the courts and that his convictions and sentence had repeatedly been upheld by state and federal courts over the past three decades.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles held a closed-door clemency hearing Wednesday morning for Gary.

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".

Michael Eggers was also put to death by lethal injection without complications at 7.29pm local time yesterday (12.29am GMT Friday), in neighbouring Alabama.

'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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