Alday Murders: 40 years later

Published: May. 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2013 at 7:54 PM EDT
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DONALSONVILLE, GA (WALB) - Tuesday marks the anniversary of one of the worst crimes in the history of Georgia; the Alday family murders in Seminole County.

Six members of the Alday family were brutally murdered by a trio of prison escapees, on May 14, 1973.

Nine days after three inmates escaped from a Maryland prison they would end up at the home of Jerry Alday looking for money and guns. The men fatally shot Jerry, his father Ned, brothers Chester and Jimmy, and Uncle Aubrey. His wife, Mary was brutally raped and killed. Her body found two days later in a wooded area.

The suspects were quickly identified as Wayne Coleman, George Dungee, and ring leader Carl Isaacs, who following their escape picked up his half brother, 15 year old Billy in a car stolen from a Pennsylvania man later found shot dead.

Four days after the killings, the men were caught hiding out in West Virginia. Years later,  Dungee, Coleman, and Carl Isaacs were convicted and sentenced to death. The younger Isaacs testified against the trio. But more than a decade later, a re-trial was ordered due pre-trial publicity.

Only Carl Isaacs would again receive the death penalty. In an interview from death row, Isaacs was asked the question if he had to do it over, would he have acted differently.

Nearly 30 years after the Alday murders, Carl Isaacs, the nation longest surviving death row inmate, was put to death. He died by lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. It was process that left many bitter at the legal system questioning whether justice was ever really served.

Billy Isaacs served 20 years in prison and died a free man in 2009. George Dungee died in prison in 2006.

Wayne Coleman is the only surviving Alday killer. He's serving a life sentence at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville.

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