By: Kim Sloan Jarrett (WRGA News)
Convicted murderer Gary Chad Thomason was back in a Rome courtroom on Friday for a hearing.
Thomason, 42, was convicted for the 1992 murder of Floyd County businessman Jerry Self. During a bench trial in 1996, former Floyd County Superior Court Judge Larry Salmon sentenced Thomason to death. The death penalty was thrown out by the Georgia Supreme Court who ruled that Thomason’s lawyers failed to present mitigation evidence that included findings by mental health experts that Thomason had an IQ of 77 and that he suffered from intellectual impairment, low self esteem and depression. A jury is expected to reconsider whether Thomason should be sent back to Georgia’s death row or receive another sentence in February.
In Friday’s hearing, Thomason’s attorney, Christian Lamar argued the list of eligible Floyd County jurors was flawed and did not include all potential jurors. Assistant District Attorney Emily Johnson presented evidence that the list had been improved and exceeded state requirements.
Judge John Neidrach is presiding over the case and said he will have a ruling on the jury issue at later date.