Gary Bowles, Florida

Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:32 pm EDT

Gary Bowls has been executed in Florida. His execution was delayed several hours due to appeals. Read more here.

Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:32 pm EDT

The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected all appeals to halt the execution of Gary Bowls.

Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:11 pm EDT

Multiple appeals for Gary Bowls are pending before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:00 am EDT

An appeal has been filed at the Supreme Court of the United States, in an attempt to halt the execution of Gary Bowles.  The appeal is challenging the legality of Florida's clemency proceedings.

Updated: Monday, August 19, 2019 3:52 pm EDT

A three-judge panel of 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal from Gary Bowles, requesting that his execution be halted.  Gary was arguing that his right to counsel was violated.

Updated: Monday, August 19, 2019 8:59 am EDT

Gary Ray Bowles is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm EDT, on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the Florida State Prison near Raiford, Florida. Fifty-seven-year-old Gary is sentenced to death for the murder of 47-year-old Walter Hinton on November 16, 1994, in Jacksonville, Florida. Gary has spent the last 22 years on Florida’s death row.

Gary was born in Virginia. His father died when he was young and his mother remarried multiple times. Some of the new husbands were physical abusive towards Gary, causing him to eventually move out. He dropped out of school before entering high school, however he did achieve his GED (General Equivalency Diploma) in 1983, while in prison. While out of prison, he worked as a carpenter, construction worker, and agricultural worker.

In late October or early November 1994, Gary Bowles met Walter Hinton at Jacksonville Beach. Bowles agreed to help Walter move several personal items from Georgia to Walter’s mobile home in Jacksonville. In exchange for the help, Walter agreed to allow Bowles to live with him.

On the evening of November 16, 1994, Bowles, Walter, and a friend of Walter’s drank some beer and smoked marijuana. Then, Bowles and Walter dropped the friend off at the train station and returned home. Upon returning home, Walter went to bed while Bowles stayed up drinking.

According to Bowles, something “snapped” inside him that night. Bowles went outside and picked up a concrete block, went into Walter’s room, and dropped the block on Walter’s head. The strike caused facial fractures and woke Walter up. Walter fell to the floor, where Bowles began strangling him. Walter eventually died of asphyxiation, according to the testimony of a medical examiner.

 

Bowles was arrested on November 22, 1994. He confessed to the crime and was sentenced to death.

 

During the trial, it was revealed that Bowles had a criminal record. In September 1982, Bowles was convicted of sexual battery and aggravated sexual battery against his then-girlfriend. The attack on her used excessive force. In 1991, Bowles was convicted of unarmed robbery.

 

Additionally, Bowles has also confessed to the murders of 59-year-old John Hardy Roberts, 38-year-old David Jarman, 72-year-old Milton Bradley, 47-year-old Alverson Carter, Jr., and 38-year-old Albert Morris. Bowles met all the men at gay bars. The murders occurred throughout 1994, in Florida, Georgia, and Maryland. During his trial, prosecutors put forward that Bowles hatred of homosexuals was the motive for the murders.

 

Attorneys for Bowles asked the Florida Supreme Court to issue a stay of execution and to order a hearing to determine Bowles' mental competency. The Florida Supreme Court unanimously rejected the request, noting that the issue of mental competency was first raised in October 2017, which is not considered a timely appeal. Additionally, the court was asked to halt Gary's execution, with the argument that capital punishment is unconstitutional and a violation of Gary's 8th Amendment rights. The Florida Supreme Court noted in their decision that Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that capital punishment is not a violation of the constitution.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Walter Hinton, John Roberts, David Jarman, Milton Bradley, Alverson Carter, Jr., and Albert Morris. Please pray for the strength for the family of Gary Bowles.  Please pray that if Gary is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution.  Please pray that Gary may come to find peace through personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

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