The NAACP has requested a stay of execution for Carlton Gary and called on District Attorney Julia Slater to allow DNA testing of evidence in the "Stocking Stranglings."
Muscogee Superior Court Judge Robert Johnston ruled Wednesday that Gary's attorney, Jack Martin, did not meet the standards of the state law in his motion for a stay and DNA testing. The judge noted that Martin saw the evidence in 2001 and could have requested the testing then.
The Georgia Conference of the NAACP wants Slater to rethink her position on opposing the execution stay for Gary and join the effort to allow DNA testing.
"If Carlton Gary is executed, Columbus Georgia will join the list of cities and states across this country that has made decisions to seek the death penalty even when there was a preponderance of evidence that pointed to a person’s innocence," the NAACP said in a statement. "It would be even more troubling to know that Mr. Gary was killed by the state with the Blessings of the County rather than being allowed to have a DNA test completed that could have possibly exonerated him in this case."
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The evidence against Gary also is questionable and raises more questions than answers, the statement said. Gary was convicted of murder in three of the Stocking Stranglings in 1986 and sentenced to death set for 7 p.m. Dec. 16. If a stay is denied, the NAACP has planned a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. that day at the Columbus Government Center.