1st Georgia implementation of 2018 set with ‘Stocking Strangler’

ATLANTA – Georgia is planning to execute a prisoner, called the “stocking strangler,” a man convicted of raping and killing older women in attacks that terrorized a small town in the state decades ago.

Sixty-seven-year-old Carlton Gary is planned to be Georgia’s first prisoner executed this year, through injection is scheduled Thursday evening at the state prison in Jackson.

Gary was convicted of three counts each of malice murder, rape and burglary for the 1977 death of 89-year-old Florence Scheible, 69-year-old Martha Thurmond and the 74-year-old Kathleen Woodruff. Although charged only in the deaths, Gary attacked nine older women in Columbus at the end of 1977 and beginning of 1978, prosecutors say. Most were choked with stockings, and seven died.

Gary’s lawyers seeking to block implementation of the plans, saying newly discovered evidence of his innocence.

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