Gary Ray Bowles scheduled for execution 22 Aug 19 at 6:00 pm

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Gary Ray Bowles (born January 25, 1962) is an American serial killer who was sentenced to death for the murder of six men in 1994. Bowles is currently scheduled to be executed on August 22, 2019.

On March 15th, 1994, in Daytona Beach, Florida, Bowles killed his first known victim, John Hardy Roberts, aged 59, 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: David Harman, aged 38, Milton Bradley, aged 72, Alverson Carter Jr., aged 47, and Albert Morris, aged 38, 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, 1995, Bowles was arrested for the murder of Walter Jamelle “Jay” Hinton, and confessed to all six murders.

Following his arrest for the murders, Bowles told police that following his 1991 release from prison he had moved to Daytona Beach, and moved in with a girlfriend and resumed working as a prostitute. According to Bowles, his girlfriend became pregnant but then had an abortion after she learned that Bowles was a sex worker. Bowles told police officers that he blamed gay men for the abortion, and this led him to becoming a murderer.

In May 1996, Bowles pleaded guilty to the Nov. 17, 1994, slaying of Walter Jammell Hinton in Jacksonville, who died after Bowles hit his head with a 40-pound steppingstone while Hinton was sleeping and stuffed a towel down his throat during the struggle. Bowles received the death penalty for Hinton’s murder.

In August 1997, while sitting on death row for the slaying of Hinton, Bowles pleaded guilty to beating and strangling Roberts in 1994.

Bowles was found guilty of three counts of murder and sentenced to death, but the sentence was reversed by the Florida Supreme Court, when they determined that the court erred by allowing the jury to hear that Bowles hated homosexuals and that the victim was gay. He was given a new sentencing hearing, and in 1999 again received the death penalty. Bowles is held in Florida State Prison awaiting execution.

Bowles is scheduled to be executed on August 22, 2019

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