The Latest: Serial killer who preyed on gay men executed

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In this undated photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections, Gary Ray Bowles is shown. Bowles is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, for the murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville Beach in November 1994. (Florida Department of Corrections via AP)

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Execution-Serial Killer(all times local):

11 p.m.

A serial killer who preyed on older gay men during a rampage 25 years ago around the U.S. East Coast has been put to death.

The office of Gov. Ron DeSantis says 57-year-old Gary Ray Bowles was pronounced dead at 10:58 p.m. Thursday after receiving a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke.

He was condemned to die for his murder conviction in the 1994 slaying of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville Beach. That was one of the six known killings that terrorized the Interstate 95 corridor that year and earned him the nickname of the “I-95 killer.”

Hinton was Bowles’ sixth victim in the killing spree that began in Daytona Beach with the slaying of John Hardy Roberts. In between, there were victims in Maryland, Georgia and Florida. In each case, Bowles stuffed the victims’ throats.

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10:20 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for the execution of a Florida serial killer who targeted older gay men in a spree a quarter-century ago.

The justices denied the last-ditch appeal Thursday of 57-year-old Gary Ray Bowles, whose lawyers had claimed he is too intellectually disabled to be executed. Bowles was to die by lethal injection late Thursday at the Florida State Prison in Starke.

Bowles was condemned for the murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville Beach — one of the killings that terrorized the East Coast’s Interstate 95 corridor in 1994.

Hinton was Bowles’ sixth and final known victim in a spree that began in Daytona Beach with the slaying of John Hardy Roberts. In between, there were victims in Maryland, Georgia and Florida.

In each case, Bowles stuffed the victims’ throats with objects.

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6 p.m.

The scheduled execution of a Florida serial killer who targeted older gay men awaited a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on his final appeals.

The high court was mulling a last-ditch appeal Thursday from 57-year-old Gary Ray Bowles, whose lawyers contended he is too intellectually disabled to be executed. Bowles was set to die by lethal injection at the Florida State prison in Starke.

The execution was scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday but was delayed while the Supreme Court considered his case.

Bowles was condemned for the murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville Beach — one of the killings that terrorized the East Coast’s Interstate 95 corridor in an eight-month span in 1994.

Hinton was Bowles’ sixth and final known victim in a spree that began in Daytona Beach with the slaying of John Hardy Roberts. In between, there were victims in Rockville, Maryland; Savannah, Georgia; Atlanta and Nassau County, Florida.

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4 p.m.

A serial killer who preyed on older gay men during a rampage that left six dead a quarter century ago received no visitors in the hours before his planned execution.

Officials at Florida State Prison in Starke say 57-year-old Gary Ray Bowles did eat a meal of three cheeseburgers, French fries and bacon as execution preparations were being made. He’s set to receive a lethal injection for the murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville Beach — one of the killings that terrorized the Interstate 95 corridor in an eight-month span in 1994.

The execution plan awaits a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on his final appeals.

Hinton was Bowles’ sixth and final known victim in a spree that began in Daytona Beach with the slaying of John Hardy Roberts. In between, there were victims in Rockville, Maryland; Savannah, Georgia; Atlanta and Nassau County, Florida.

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6 a.m.

A serial killer who preyed on older, gay men during a spree that left six dead on or near the U.S. East Coast 25 yearsago is set to be executed at a Florida prison.

Fifty-seven-year-old Gary Ray Bowles is set to receive a lethal injection Thursday evening, convicted of the November 1994 murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville Beach — one of the killings that terrorized the Interstate 95 corridor in eight-month span.

Hinton was Bowles’ sixth and final known victim in a rampage that began in Daytona Beach with the slaying of John Hardy Roberts. In between, there were victims in Rockville, Maryland; Savannah, Georgia; Atlanta and Nassau County, Florida.

In each case, Bowles stuffed the victims’ throats with objects such as rags toilet paper, dirt and leaves. Investigators say if he hadn’t been caught, Bowles would have kept on killing.

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