Clemency hearing scheduled for Georgia ‘stocking strangler’

February 28, 2018

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s parole board plans to hold a clemency hearing for an inmate known as the “stocking strangler” who’s scheduled for execution.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles on Wednesday announced a closed meeting on March 14 to hear arguments for and against clemency for Carlton Gary. The 67-year-old inmate is scheduled to be put to death March 15.

Gary was convicted on three counts each of malice murder, rape and burglary for the 1977 deaths of 89-year-old Florence Scheible, 69-year-old Martha Thurmond and 74-year-old Kathleen Woodruff.

Prosecutors say Gary attacked nine elderly women in Columbus in late 1977 and early 1978. Most were choked with stockings and seven died.

Gary’s lawyers say police arrested the wrong man.

Gary would be the first inmate executed by Georgia this year.

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