UPDATE: 'Stocking Strangler' Carlton Gary has been executed

UPDATE: 03/15/18 10:37 p.m.

The execution of Carlton Gary was carried out at 10:33 p.m. Thursday.

Gary did not accept a final prayer and did not record a final statement.

There have been 69 men and one woman executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Gary was the 48th inmate put to death by lethal injection. There are presently 54 men under death sentence in Georgia.

UPDATE: 03/15/18 10:18 p.m.

The US Supreme Court has declined to block the scheduled execution of Carlton Gary, the man called the "stocking strangler."
In Washington, the court issued a brief emailed statement denying last appeals to stay the lethal injection. The court gave no explanation on rejecting the request.
The 67-year-old Georgia inmate was initially scheduled to be put to death at 7 p.m. EDT. But that time passed as his case had remained before the nation's highest court. Gary was convicted of raping and killing three elderly women in 1977. Prosecutors said he was also responsible for six other attacks, four of them fatal. All of the victims were raped and choked, most with stockings.

UPDATE: 03/15/18 7:34 p.m.

The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously dismissed a motion requesting a stay of execution for Carlton Gary.

Gary did not accept a final prayer and did not record a final statement.

UPDATE: 03/14/18 6:40 p.m.

Following a meeting to consider clemency for condemned inmate Calton Gary, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency in his case.

The execution by lethal injection is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

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In August of 1986, Gary was convicted in Muscogee County of three counts of malice murder, three counts of rape and three counts of burglary and sentenced to death. The Georgia Supreme Court denied Gary’s appeal on December 1, 2017, and his motion for reconsideration was denied on January 16, 2018. The United States Supreme Court has denied all previous appeals in the case.


ATLANTA, Ga. -- News 3 is bringing you full coverage of the Carlton Gary clemency hearing.

Jack Martin, Defense Attorney, has just interviewed with News 3.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles is currently in review of the defense's evidence after their presentation concluded around 12:30 p.m. Attorneys for Gary claim in their 30 page application their findings clear Gary as the Columbus Stocking Strangler.

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Martin says he brought forth evidence including one juror who sat during Gary's trial. Martin says the jury member, Jack Pickel, says he would never have voted for the death penalty for Gary had he known one of the state's key witnesses couldn't identify Gary as her attacker.

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Martin says he also presented bite mark moldings that had been misplaced in evidence and DNA evidence that supposedly prove Gary was not the alleged rapist in the cases presented during trial.

Martin also adds Gary's original trial attorney, August Siemon, was not provided access to all the evidence in the case that may have exonerated Gary as the Stocking Strangler.

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However, when asked about the latent fingerprints and Gary's own admission to being involved in the burglaries at the murder scene, Martin said, "We're not asking for Mr. Gary to get out of jail. We're just saying you can't execute him."

The parole board will have until Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. to get a majority vote before Gary's scheduled lethal injection.

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