'Stocking Strangler' set to be executed

JACKSON, Ga. - A Georgia man convicted of strangling three elderly women with their own stockings is scheduled to be put to death Wednesday evening.

Carlton Gary, 59, was convicted in 1986 of three of seven slayings between 1977 and 1978 that terrified the west Georgia city of Columbus. He was dubbed by the local media as the "Stocking Strangler" because the victims were brutally beaten and raped before they were strangled with their own underwear.

Gary's attorneys hope to stop his execution so DNA evidence from the four other slayings can be tested, as no evidence in the strangling deaths had been subjected to testing since it wasn't available when he was convicted.

A series of state and federal courts have so far dismissed the challenges.

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