The attorney representing condemned Columbus Stocking Strangler Carlton Gary has filed a motion asking a judge to order the preservation of evidence from the 1970s serial killings of seven elderly women.
Attorney Jack Martin, who wants the evidence DNA-tested to see if it matches Gary, said his motion is a standard safeguard in such instances. District Attorney Julia Slater it would not be contested.
Muscogee Superior Court Judge Robert Johnston has set a hearing on the DNA testing for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1.
Before DNA testing was available, Gary in 1986 was convicted of murder in the deaths of Florence Scheible, 89, on Oct. 21, 1977; Martha Thurmond, 69, on Oct. 25, 1977; and Kathleen Woodruff, 74, on Dec. 28, 1977.
Now 59, Gary was four hours away from execution Dec. 16 when the Georgia Supreme Court issued a stay and ordered a hearing on the DNA testing.