NAACP celebrates stay of execution

By Chris Vessell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The NAACP rallied outside the Columbus Government Center Wednesday, in support of Carlton Gary. "We've said all along that you cannot correct a wrong by murdering or killing another person who may be innocent," Edward Dubose, Georgia's NAACP President said.

It's a guilty verdict the NAACP has been speaking out against for years, and tonight the state's President came to Columbus to claim victory. "While this is a celebration that Carlton Gary is still alive. We recognize that there is a family out there still hurting for the person who murdered their loved one," Dubose said.

A handful of Carlton Gary's family members even came out to thank their supporters. Teresa Gary Turpin believes her cousin is innocent. "We would truly like to see our cousin at this time to be free from something he's accused of and we know he's not guilty of," Turpin said.

The Geogia NAACP President says he is innocent. President Edward Dubose saying his group is always against the death penalty, but on top of that, he believes Gary is innocent.

"Let the evidence be tested, let the DNA be tested. So we're here, excited that we've reached this point. We thank God most of all," said Dubose.

Although a jury has spoken, it appears DNA evidence may have the last word. "This is a testament that there is humanity, there is compassion, and a bit of justice in Georgia and this is a good thing," a NAACP supporter said.

The NAACP says they plan to press District Attorney Julia Slater until adequate DNA evidence is provided.

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