Convicted Columbus Stocking Strangler Carlton Gary will be executed at 7 p.m. Dec. 16, the Georgia Department of Corrections announced this morning.
The department acted quickly, having Thursday received an order from Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Robert Johnston setting Gary’s death by lethal injection for Dec. 16 through Dec. 23, a time frame from which the Georgia Department of Corrections chose the first day. The order opened the execution window at noon Dec. 16 and closed it at noon Dec. 23. Both are Wednesdays.
Gary’s attorneys may appeal to the state Board of Pardons and Paroles for a stay, authorities said. If they do, that hearing should be scheduled soon. Otherwise Gary is almost out of options. For the third time, the United States Supreme Court this week rejected his appeal.
Gary was convicted in three of the seven slayings, the murders of Florence Scheible, 89, of 1941 Dimon St. on Oct. 21, 1977; Martha Thurmond, 69, of 2614 Marion St. on Oct. 25, 1977; and Kathleen Woodruff, 74, of 1811 Buena Vista Road on Dec. 28, 1977.
The other victims were Ferne Jackson, 60, of 2505 17th St. on Sept. 15, 1977; Jean Dimenstein, 71, of 3927 21st St. on Sept. 25, 1977; Mildred Borom, 78, of 1612 Forest Ave. on Feb. 12, 1978; and Janet Cofer, 61, of 3783 Steam Mill Road on April 20, 1978.
The serial killer was given the moniker “Stocking Strangler” because of the ligature he more often left wrapped around victims’ necks.