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A man known as the “stocking strangler,” who was convicted of raping and choking to death three women four decades ago, is set for execution next month in Georgia.

Carlton Gary was convicted in 1986 on three counts each of malice murder, rape and burglary for the 1977 deaths of 89-year-old Florence Scheible, 69-year-old Martha Thurmond and 74-year-old Kathleen Woodruff.

State Attorney General Chris Carr announced Friday that the 67-year-old inmate is scheduled to die March 15.

From September 1977 to April 1978, nine women over age 55 were attacked in their homes in Columbus. Most were choked with stockings and seven died. Gary was only charged in three, but prosecutors believe he also carried out the other attacks.

Gary’s lawyers say he’s innocent, that the wrong man was arrested.

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