Stocking Strangler says attorney has cancer and isn't qualified hours before execution

Death row inmate Carlton Gary in Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson Georgia U.S. is seen in this Georgia Department

Death row inmate Carlton Gary in Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson Georgia U.S. is seen in this Georgia Department

The execution by lethal injection is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 7 the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. On Wednesday, the state of Georgia gave their answer and by Friday morning of this week, Carton Gary will be dead by lethal injection.

In last-minute appeals, attorneys for Gary cited the same evidence used a year ago while trying to get Gary a new trial or sentence in Muscogee Superior Court, where a judge rejected those motions in September, according to the newspaper.

Gary was convicted in 1986 on three counts each of malice murder, rape and burglary for the 1977 deaths of 89-year-old Florence Scheible, 69-year-old Martha Thurmond and 74-year-old Kathleen Woodruff.

Prosecutors said Gary attacked nine elderly women from September 1977 to April 1978.

Lawyers for an inmate known as the Georgia "stocking strangler" say that the state has denied their requests for clemency, despite evidence they say casts doubt on his guilt. All but one of the Georgia victims lived in the Wynnton neighbourhood, and all lived near Gary at the time of the crimes.

Gary was convicted of raping and killing three elderly women in 1977.

For the last 30 years, Gary's lawyers have been filing appeals through state and federal courts to revoke the order of his execution.

Carlton Gary, 67, is scheduled to die by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital on Thursday evening at the state prison in Jackson.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gary was also accused of killing four other women.

In a clemency petition and in filings before state and federal courts, Gary's lawyers had argued that evidence not available to his trial attorney - either because the necessary testing didn't exist yet or because it wasn't disclosed by the state - proved he wasn't the 'stocking strangler'. This is especially significant, they contend, because the woman survived the attack and dramatically identified him at trial.

Gary's attorneys asked the State Board of Pardons and Paroles at a closed-door hearing Wednesday to spare his life.

Gary's appeals have continuously been reviewed and rejected by Georgia Supreme Court. But that testing couldn't be done because the samples were contaminated at a state crime lab.

Additionally, defense experts testified that evidence of a bite mark on one of the victims that was missing for years does not match Gary's teeth, and fingerprint evidence relied upon by the prosecution was problematic.

Stay with News Leader 9 for developments in the execution of Carlton Gary.

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