In a press conference at the Government Center Monday afternoon, District Attorney Julia Slater released the findings in the Carlton Gary case.
Gary was convicted in 1986 for three of the seven killings that happened in Columbus.
Slater says four pieces of evidence were analyzed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and out of those items, only one came back as a positive match to Gary.
According to Slater, DNA found in a vaginal test from Jean Dimenstein matches Gary. Gary is not convicted in her murder but her death was presented as a similar transaction in the case, she said.
Slater says another piece of evidence is inconclusive and two other items returned DNA profiles but Slater says they did not identify a particular suspect and did not match Carlton Gary.
"I am certainly relieved that Carlton Gary will no longer be able to say that he was framed, that he was not involved in these murders or even that he watched. Now that his DNA was found in the vaginal washing of Jean Dimenstein, there is no denying his capability," Slater said during the press conference in her office.
Slater has requested a status conference hearing on December 20th at 11 AM before Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan.
She does not know if Gary will be present at the hearing.
Gary's attorney, Jack Martin, had his own press conference Monday at the Public Defender's Office. He says the DNA findings help prove Gary's innocence. In one of the DNA tests, the results were not a match to Gary in a case he was convicted of and Martin says that means a rapist and murderer is still out at large. Martin says the state should focus on finding them.
"It raises doubts about the entire case. Even if you didn't say there was reasonable doubt, I believe there's more than reasonable doubt, I believe there's certainty that he's innocent of these cases but you surely wouldn't want to send someone to be executed when there's that much doubt in this case. At the very minimum, a new sentencing is required," he added.
Martin says he is filing the motion for a new trial for Carlton Gary next week.
Julia Slater has appointed a special prosecutor to Gary's case- Susan Boleyn. Boleyn has been the primary attorney for the State in the case against Carlton Gary since his conviction more than 24 years ago.
She says the DNA results in no way exonerate Gary and her office is exploring the effects of degradation and contamination since the evidence is more than 30 years old.
News Leader 9 is following this developing story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.
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