Carlton Gary excited about execution stay; wants DNA tested

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - After seeming to have exhausted every appeal, Carlton Gary's defense team celebrates a major victory as their client's life is spared, for now.

Carlton Gary's attorney, Jack Martin, spoke with News Leader Nine outside the Jackson State Prison just minutes after the stay of execution was granted.

He said his meeting with Gary Wednesday morning was a sad one but his client, along with the defense team, seemed hopeful after hearing the news.

"How could we, as a just society, execute somebody when there's evidence that could be tested with DNA to tell for certain that this is the right person? We think the state would be as interested in it as we are," Jack Martin said.

Martin also told us DNA testing of hair, semen and fingernail scrapings at the crime scenes could take as little as 30 days or as many as 90 days to complete. He says Gary is in full support of the testing, and wants more evidence brought out.

Martin says the next step is finding out from experts if those DNA samples, which are more than 30 years old, can still be tested at this time. They can then move forward with the case after that is done.

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