ATLANTA – Georgia’s parole board is set to hear arguments for and against the grace for an inmate known as the “stocking strangler” who is scheduled for execution this week.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles plans to hold a closed door grace hearing Wednesday for Carlton Gary. The 67-year-old inmate is scheduled to die Thursday.
Gary was convicted on 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.
Prosecutors say that Gary attacked nine older women in Columbus at the end of 1977 and beginning of 1978. Most were choked with stockings, and seven died.
Gary’s lawyers say that the police arrested the wrong man, and newly discovered evidence of his innocence.
Gary would be the first Georgia inmate executed this year.