Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Death sentence stands for killer of gay men

Staff Report

A serial killer of gay men will remain on death row after losing another in a long list of appeals.

The Florida Supreme Court denied Gary Ray Bowles' appeal to vacate his death sentence Thursday. Bowles previously petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court without success.

Bowles, 46, first received the death penalty in 1996 for the 1994 murder of Walter Jammell Hinton of Jacksonville. In all of his appeals including this one, Bowles alleges that his counsel was ineffective.

Nicknamed the "95 Killer," Bowles had been on the FBI's list of 10 most-wanted fugitives in 1994 and admitted to two murders in Nassau County, one in Daytona Beach, two in Georgia and one in Maryland, according to a 1999 News-Journal story.

His first admitted victim was John Hardy Roberts, 56, a Daytona Beach insurance adjuster who Bowles beat, strangled, and then stuffed a towel in his mouth -- which became his trademark.

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