Florida executes serial killer who preyed on men

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) – A serial killer who preyed on older men during an eight-month spree that left six dead on or near the United States (US) East Coast a quarter century ago was executed yesterday evening.

Gary Ray Bowles, 57, received a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Stark.

He drew the death sentence for his conviction in the November 1994 murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville Beach — one of the six known killings in 1994 that terrorised the Interstate 95 corridor and won him the nickname the ‘I-95 killer’ before he was caught.

Many of the victims were found not far from the East Coast’s most heavily travelled interstate.

Hinton was Bowles sixth and final known victim in a series of killings that began in Daytona Beach with John Hardy Roberts.

In each case, Bowles had a signature: He stuffed the victims’ throats with objects, including rags, toilet paper, dirt and leaves.