Skip to comments.Officials: Hiker was alive for days; suspect now faces murder charge
Posted on 01/09/2008 6:20:56 AM PST by Red in Blue PA
BLAIRSVILLE, Georgia (CNN) -- A young hiker whose body was found in northern Georgia was probably alive for three days before she died from blunt force trauma to the head, authorities said Tuesday.
Meredith Emerson was last seen hiking with her dog on Blood Mountain in Georgia on New Year's Day.
1 of 3 Meredith Emerson, 24, was decapitated after her death, an autopsy also found.
Investigators believe she was killed January 4, said Lee Darragh, district attorney for Hall and Dawson counties.
That's the same day suspect Gary Michael Hilton, 61, allegedly made a phone call from a pay phone at a convenience store in Cumming, Georgia, where Emerson's black leather wallet containing her identification cards was discovered in a trash bin.
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So... he just kept her around for days beating her? What a nutjob. does GA have capital punishment?
I read the story, and now I’m angry.
Understood. I’m beyond angry. It is mind bending unfairness. Evil does exist.
Yes. And it’s the evil that will spare him in court.
This piece of excrement has done this, or something similar to it, before.
If the police involved are competent, they will be busy compiling a list of his known addresses from over the years and cross-referencing them to disappearances, unidentified bodies and unsolved homicides.
This was sadistic and methodical.
He led investigators to her body Monday in exchange for prosecutors’ agreeing to drop consideration of the death penalty against him, according to Union County District Attorney Stan Gunter.
He’s 61. With the average length of death penalty appeals, he’d probably die in prison of old age before they could execute him.
Thats OK. For about a hundred bucks, they can buy a hit on him within prison.
‘A man does not commit this kind of horrific crime for the first time at the age of 61.’
My idea of hiking is with a concealed handgun and a nice big knife.
Yes, but according to a news report, he won’t face execution.
Since he showed the authorities where her body was, maybe that was the agreement made.
Still ought to kill the son of a bitch, just slowly.
The killer should get the death penalty.
I agree. I hate bargains like that.
The article mentions that they’re also looking at him for a case in Florida. I bet they’ll find a whole string of cases connected with him in the Southeast.
I also bet he’s been in jail for some kind of sexual offense (or possibly even murder) in the past and was released. They haven’t let out much info about him.
I’ve heard the same things you mention here.
Charges against Hilton were upgraded to murder Tuesday.
He led investigators to her body Monday in exchange for prosecutors' agreeing to drop consideration of the death penalty against him, according to Union County District Attorney Stan Gunter.
In this case. But if they can tie him to a different murder, he can get the death penalty for that one.
Yep. And there will be lawyers lining up to defend him just to get their name in the paper.
yeah got that now.
I hate anything resembling a pleabargain.
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