Authorities Boost Security for Carlton Gary Hearing

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Convicted killer Carlton Gary will be in a Columbus courtroom Monday for a hearing concerning DNA evidence.

Tonight, law enforcement officials tell News Leader Nine they're preparing for Gary's arrival.

Monday's hearing is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. and could wrap up in one day, but it hasn't stopped local authorities from being ready for anything.

Commander Dane Collins with the Muscogee County Sheriff's Department says Gary will be classified as a "special management" inmate.

"He will definitely be in that category," Collins said.

Our cameras weren't allowed to videotape the cell Gary will stay in because of security precautions.

"Basically the officer to inmate ratio will be higher in that area and the inmates tend to be segregated to a one person cell, or maybe have a roommate or something like that, whereas our regular population has 20-40 inmates within a cell block," Collins said.

Gary will also have heightened security during transport to and from the Columbus Government Center on Monday, similar to other inmates who meet a high profile criteria.

"Crimes that would have a lot of stigma, or raise a lot of anger or what have you, even amongst the inmate population, so it's mainly to protect that individual more so than anything," Collins said.

Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr also confirmed there would also be an enhanced security detail at the Columbus Government Center on Monday, not only for Carlton Gary, but for visitors who will be in attendance at the hearing.

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