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New York DA won't prosecute Gary

Stocking Strangler Carlton Gary, convicted of murdering three elderly Columbus women, will not be tried for the 1975 rape and murder of a Syracuse, N.Y., woman — a decision that disappoints a former investigator in the case.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick told the Associated Press that DNA evidence conclusively tied Gary to the slaying of 40-year-old Marion Fisher, but he decided to close the case after discussing it with her husband — once the primary suspect.

Fitzpatrick said there was no reason to prosecute Gary in New York at this point because of his impending execution.

"I believe the state of New York is making a mistake," said Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren. "At some point in time, unless he's put to death in Georgia, he should be tried for that offense."

Fitzpatrick said bringing Gary back to New York would only give the death row inmate a chance to escape.

See Tuesday's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.

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