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The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to resume the death penalty after a more than 15-year moratorium. This week Attorney General William Barr proposed fast-tracking executions in mass murder cases, and last month ordered the execution of five death row prisoners beginning in December. The federal government has executed just three people since 1963 — the last being in 2003. The death penalty is widely condemned by national governments, international bodies and human rights groups across the world. Experts say capital punishment does not help deter homicides and that errors and racism in the criminal justice system extend to those sentenced to death. We speak with Sister Helen Prejean, a well-known anti-death-penalty activist who began her prison ministry over 30 years ago. She is the author of the best-selling book “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty,” which was turned into an Academy Award-winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. …

August Execution Set For Florida Killer Who Targeted Gay Men

Gary Ray Bowles
Gary Ray Bowles is an American serial killer who was sentenced to death for the murder of six men in 1994.

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida’s controversial death penalty is expected to claim another life in the coming months.

A convicted killer in Florida who authorities say targeted gay men is scheduled to be executed later this summer.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a death warrant Tuesday for 57-year-old Gary Ray Bowles. 

The execution is set for Aug. 22 at Florida State Prison.

Records show Bowles was convicted of three murders and sentenced to death for the 1994 slaying of Walter Hinton.

Authorities say Bowles agreed to help Hinton move items from Georgia to Hinton’s Jacksonville home in November 1994. 

While staying with Hinton, Bowles dropped a concrete block on the other man’s head and then strangled him.

Police say Bowles confessed to the killing after his arrest and professed hatred for homosexuals. 

Investigators say Bowles also admitted to killing five other men across Florida, Georgia and Maryland.

Modus Operandi


On March 15th, 1994, in Daytona Beach, Florida, Bowles killed his first known victim, John Hardy Roberts, who had offered him a temporary place to live. 

Bowles beat and strangled him to death, and then stole his credit card. 

Police soon considered him a suspect after finding his fingerprints and probation records at the crime scene.

Over the next six months, Bowles murdered five other men in Nassau County, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; and Wheaton, Montgomery County, Maryland. 

His typical modus operandi was to prostitute himself to his victims before beating and strangling them, and stealing their credit cards.

While on the run, Bowles was put on the FBI's list of the country's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives for his four known victims.

Finally, on October 22, 1994, Bowles was arrested for the murder of Walter Jamelle "Jay" Hinton, and confessed to all six murders.

Source: miami.cbslocal.com, Wikipedia, Staff, June 11, 2019


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