The DNA hearing for Carlton Gary is set for February 1, 2010 at 10:30am in Judge Robert Johnston's courtroom.
District Attorney, Julia Slater, tells News Leader 9, she received a letter from Judge Johnston outlining five issues he wanted to address in the upcoming hearing. Slater says she has already begun research. Click here to view Judge Robert Johnston's letter to the District Attorneys.
In the February hearing, the defense will seek DNA testing on evidence from the crime scenes.
On December 16, just hours before his scheduled death, the Georgia State Supreme Court ruled in favor of a motion granting Gary's defense team a hearing before the Muscogee County Superior Court.
Gary was convicted in the mid-80s for the deaths of three elderly women in Columbus.
The women were raped, then strangled with their own stockings between 1977 and 1978 – an eight month period. Their deaths were 3 of 7 slayings that terrified Columbus.
The crimes remained unsolved until 1984 when a pistol stolen from a home in the Wynnton area in October 1977 was linked to Carlton Gary. Gary was arrested on May 3, 1984, for this burglary.
He confessed that he was present at the burglary and that he was either present at, or had knowledge of, eight of the nine Wynnton area rapes and murders.