Ga. decapitation killer linked to others

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 5:15 AM
Last updated 9:21 AM
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  - A drifter who killed a woman in Georgia is on trial for the similar decapitation slaying of a nurse in the Florida Panhandle.

Opening statements are set for today in state Circuit Court in Tallahassee.

Gary Michael Hilton, who received a life prison sentence in Georgia, could face the death penalty if convicted of murdering Cheryl Dunlap of Crawfordville.

The 46-year-old nurse's body was found in the Apalachicola National Forest southwest of Tallahassee in December 2007.

The 64-year-old Hilton pleaded guilty to killing 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson in Georgia. Her body also was found in a forest area near Cumming, Ga., in January 2008.

Authorities also suspect Hilton in three other slayings in North Carolina and Florida.

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KSL
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KSL 02/04/11 - 05:42 am
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Swift and certain punishment

Swift and certain punishment is the key. Unfortunately justice in the US is neither. I don't think the intent of the laws in the US were meant for people to be able to live comfortably on death row for 7 or more years while dragging the state through the court system, on occasion at taxpayers' expense on both sides.

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rmwhitley 02/04/11 - 05:54 am
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Bleeding hearts will allow it
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Bleeding hearts will allow it to live to be 90 then decide it's too old to be executed.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/04/11 - 07:19 am
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He needs to go NOW!NOW!

He needs to go NOW!NOW!

bdouglas
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bdouglas 02/04/11 - 07:59 am
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Linked to "others" crimes...

Linked to "others" crimes... Does anyone check headlines for grammar? #corrections

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Scout44 02/04/11 - 08:27 am
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If only we could return to

If only we could return to the days of old, when you were found guilty of a crime of this nature, it was swift justice. A tall tree, short rope and a crowd of your peers to watch your demise. I am a firm believer that public hangings would absolutely deter crime!

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 02/04/11 - 10:05 am
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We do need to punish

We do need to punish criminals in a way that stops crime not encourages it.

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Fiat_Lux 02/04/11 - 02:10 pm
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Agree with Scout44. Public

Agree with Scout44. Public hangings and public stocks. Putting the scum in stocks while they are still young, as often as necessary, would probably cut down on the need for public hangings. And put them in the stocks for even relatively minor offenses like disrupting school or foul language in public. The more serious the offense, the more weekends spent sitting on a 3-legged stool, peeing in a bucket and leaning forward clamped at the neck and wrists.

It's an idea whose time has come, again.

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