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Judge denies more funds in GA 'strangler' case

COLUMBUS, GA (AP) - U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land has denied a defense request for more money for a DNA expert for convicted Stocking Strangler Carlton Gary.

The Ledger-Enquirer reports that in rejecting the request for $3,500 to pay a consultant to analyze evidence from the series of assaults and killings in Columbus in 1977 and 1978, Land wrote that the federal court no longer must pay for state proceedings.

Gary was sentenced death for three of the seven rapes and murders known as the "Stocking Stranglings" because of the ligature the killer used.

He has exhausted federal appeals but can get federal funding for clemency hearings.

Tests have matched Gary's DNA to evidence from a strangling he was not convicted of, but not to a case in which he was convicted.

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