DNA results reveal new questions in Columbus 'Stocking Strangler' case

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - There is a dramatic new development in the infamous Stocking Strangler case.

Attorneys for Carlton Gary say DNA taken from Gertrude Miller's clothing was sent to Virginia for testing did not match Gary's.

In 1977 and 1978, the city of Columbus was brought to its knees by the brutal rape and murder of seven elderly women.  After years of investigation, Columbus Police arrested Gary for the crimes in 1984.

Attorneys say Miller, who survived an attack, was the only one to identify Gary during the trial.  Testing was not available when Gary was convicted of killing three women in 1986.

Convicted of murder in three of the seven Columbus 'stocking stranglings,' Gary has spent 24 years on Georgia's death row.

He was just three hours from being executed in 2009 when the Georgia Supreme Court ordered a judge to determine whether authorities should conduct DNA testing of evidence.

Gary he has been linked through DNA evidence to a murder in Syracuse, New York.

News Leader 9 will continue following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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