Carlton Gary's wife speaks out

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A DNA hearing for convicted murderer, 'Stocking Strangler' Carlton Gary, was scheduled to take place Monday. Instead, his wife held a press conference to address several issues.

Debra Gary, Carlton Gary's wife, took the opportunity to share her frustrations with her husband's defense team, including his attorney Jack Martin.

In a press conference at the Columbus Government Center she said, "We have been fighting for the DNA hearing to be while at the same time Jack has ignored our wishes and carried out his agenda in making sure the hearing did not take place."

On Friday, District Attorney Julia Slater announced Connie Pickens, with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, recommended testing a few of the DNA samples. Slater said, "It is Mrs. Pickens' opinion that four slides, each containing swabs testing positive spermatozoa and each collected from a source most likely to reflect perpetrator of the crimes are the most reliable now for DNA testing."

Gary argues all the samples should be tested, "D.A. Slater drew up a proposal on what DNA items she would agree to be tested which is four out of the 16 that could be tested."

And Debra Gary wants to have a say in which DNA specialists are used, "We want someone to safe-guard what's done to examine this stuff, to see if it is what they say it is, etc. And then we would be protected where things would be done fair."

After the press conference, Debra Gary was hand delivering a letter Carlton wrote to Judge Frank Jordan and D.A. Slater, expressing his frustration with being told little information about the trial, and his request for a new defense team. News Leader 9 has obtained a copy of the letter, for more information click here.

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