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Date with Death

^Nancy Alday Blizzard ^Nancy Alday Blizzard
^Carl Isaacs ^Carl Isaacs
^Isaacs escorted from his re-trial ^Isaacs escorted from his re-trial

April 22, 2003

Seminole County-- After three decades on death row, Carl Isaacs has an execution date. The mass murderer of a Seminole County family will be put to death two weeks from today.

On May 14, 1973, six members of the Ned Alday family were murdered in their rural mobile home. The murderers, a gang of four Maryland prison escapees, were quicky dubbed the Alday killers.

And as years passed, the leader of their gang, Carl ISaacs, earned another distinction; the longest sitting death row inmate in Georgia history. But after 30 years on death row, Carl Isaacs finally has a date with death. A date the Alday family has patiently awaited.

A phone call that was a long time coming. “Praise the lord,” was the reaction of Ned's daughter, Nancy Alday Blizzard. Her father's killer has an execution date. “It would have been good if this happened a few years back so those who are gone cuold have experienced this.”

“It can be finally closure. As long as he's alive theres no closure,” said Blizzard.

One of those killed, Inez Alday's husband, Aubrey Alday. “I don't got words to describe Carl Isaacs,” she said.

49-year old Carl Isaacs was originally convicted and sentenced to death in 1974. He got a new trial, and a new death sentence in 1988, and has been sitting on death row since. “It's late, but the old saying is it's better late than never,” Inez said.

His execution papers were signed Tuesday afternoon, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal. “It's been 30 long hard years of waiting for it to be over with, hopefully it will be over with,” Nancy said.

Isaacs is scheduled to die on May sixth at 7:00 p.m., eight days before the 30th anniversary of the killings. “Finally he's going to get what's coming to him and he'll have someone bigger that he'll have to deal with,” Blizzard said.

Which means closure for the Alday family.

Some of the surviving members plan to attend. Also convicted in this case were Wayne Carl Coleman. His death sentenced was reduced to life in prison in 1988, as was George Dungee's. Billy Isaacs, who was 15 at the time of the murders, served 19 years in prison for his part in the crimes and is now free.

posted at 6:25PM by dave.miller@walb.com