District attorney from Columbus honored for work on 'Stocking Strangler' case

Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 at 11:03 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A local district attorney was in Washington D.C. to receive a national award for work on the death penalty case of Carlton Gary, known as the so-called "Stocking Strangler."

The Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation gave their Board of Directors Advocacy Award to Julia Slater, D.A. for the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, and her team for their excellence in capital and complex homicide cases.

Gary was put to death in March for raping and killing at least three elderly women in Columbus in the 1970's.

Slater's team, honored with this award, includes Senior Assistant District Attorney Don Kelly, Special Assistant District Attorney Susan Boleyn, and Senior Assistant Attorney General Sabrina Graham.

"I was surprised and humbled to have been one of those nominated and ultimately chosen to receive this honor. I received the award standing on the shoulders of decades of law enforcement officers and prosecutors who worked tirelessly to solve and prosecute the case," Slater said.

"Former District Attorney William Smith was instrumental in the prosecution of the case, but without his continued dedication and guidance we could not have reached a resolution for the victims' families."

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