Carlton Gary DNA hearing rescheduled

Courtesy: Andrew Wittenberg
Courtesy: Andrew Wittenberg

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – News Leader 9 has learned the judge overseeing the high-profile DNA hearing of convicted murderer Carlton Gary has granted a continuance for the defense until Monday, February 22nd. 

We're told there has been an issue with the defense team meeting with Carlton Gary at Jackson State Prison. Attorney, Jack Martin, has not spoken to his client since the day he received a stay of execution on December 16th.

The hearing was scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., but Judge Johnston delayed the hearing so that Gary could meet with his attorneys.


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 that was 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.

Gary 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.  

Gary admitted to burglarizing the women's homes, however, he claimed that another individual committed the rapes and murders.
Authorities say they found no corroborating evidence linking that individual to the crimes.

Gary's fingerprints were ultimately found to match fingerprints at four of the crime scenes. 

On August 26, 1986, Gary was found guilty of raping, murdering and burglarizing the homes of Ruth Schieble, Martha Thurmond and Kathleen Woodruff, three of the nine victims. 

Gary's attorneys say no evidence in the strangling deaths had been subjected to DNA testing since it wasn't available when he was convicted.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have a detailed report beginning on News Leader 9 at Five. 

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