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Carlton Gary defense team seeks continued funding

By Andrew Wittenberg  - bio | email 

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - There's more legal wrangling in the case of the so-called "Columbus Stocking Strangler," Carlton Gary.

The man convicted of killing three Columbus women in the 1970's was back in Columbus today as the appeals process continues.

The debate surrounds whether or not Carlton Gary should continue to receive funding for his attorneys as his case proceeds and just how long the funding will last.

It's a complex issue which sparked conversation between Judge Clay Land and defense attorney Jack Martin.

"Judges will always press you and then try to get your best answer. And it's almost like being in school sometimes and you do the best you can to answer his concerns," Martin said.

Gary's wife Debra contends the funding must still be made available in light of what she calls favorable DNA results, which were released last month.

Those results yielded a positive match to a murder victim, Jean Dimenstein, whom Gary is not convicted of killing.

DNA results from another victim, Martha Thurmond, did not match the DNA of Carlton Gary.

He is convicted of her murder.

As the case proceeds through a complicated set of appeals, Debra Gary hopes government funding will allow her husband's defense team to prove what she believes.

"Somebody needs to be brave enough to stand up for what's right and put an end to this madness and say, "we were wrong," Gary said.

Edward DuBose of the Georgia NAACP says it's the least the court can provide, so as to ensure justice prevails.

"A man who has been sentenced to pay the ultimate price, when he has then found a way to demonstrate that he's possibly innocent, funding is cut off. If you cut through the language, that's what we're talking about," DuBose said.

Judge Land is expected to rule on the issue by the end of the week.

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