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THE BAXTER BULLETIN, Mountain Home, Ark. Friday, February 1, 2008 Page 10A Drifter pleads guilty to murder of hiker ii ii i ii ii ii iii ii nun in ii i urn i -r 1 1 1 1 i i i i yi. 1 Darragh said Hilton told Emerson Jie was going to let her go before striking her several times with a jack handle until she died. DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) Gary Michael Hilton was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with possibility of parole in 30 years after pleading guilty to murder in the beating-death of a young woman hiker in the north Georgia mountains.
District Attorney Lee Darragh said the murder resulted from Hilton's plan to abduct 24-year-old Meredith Emerson in order to steal money using her ATM cards. "The sole purpose was to acquire (bank) cards and PIN numbers," Darragh said. "He mentioned at one point that he knew eventually he would take her But Emerson misled Hilton, giving him false identification numbers with the hope that authorities would be alerted to unsuccessful attempts to gain access to her bank account, Darragh said. Hilton attended the Dawson County Superior Court hearing in an orange jumpsuit and a bulletproof vest Judge Bonnie Oliver asked Hilton how he pleaded. He John Cagle, a special agent in charge with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said Hilton decapitated Emerson in an attempt to make it harder for authorities to identify her.
The judge told Hilton that she agreed with the plea deal because the 61-year-old Hilton likely would have died in prison of natural causes before the state would be able to execute him even if he were sentenced to death. Emerson was believed to have been kidnapped in Union County and killed in Dawson County, authorities have said. Emerson's body was found nearly 50 miles from where she vanished during a New Year's Day hike. Emerson disappeared near Blood Mountain in Union County. An autopsy report says Emerson was beaten to death and then decapitated three days after her disappearance.
Hilton was the last person seen with Emerson on the hiking trail and had tried to use her credit card, according to his arrest warrant Investigators in North, Carolina and Florida also have looked at Hilton to see if he was involved in killings in those states. Bulletin File Photo by Kevin Pieper Renovation of the historic Wolf House in Norfork was completed in 2004. Wolf House bill clears senate committee replied, "Guilty." He had been indicted on a single count of murder Thursday in a specially called session of the Dawson County grand jury. The indictment charges he killed Emerson by blunt force trauma to her head on Jan. 4.
WOLFFrom Page 1A Lincoln advanced the bill in November to the committee simultaneously with U.S. Rep. Marion Berry introducing it to the House Natural Resources Committee. The Wolf House structure and grounds have been the subject of extensive archaeological research and restoration during the past 10 years at a cost of about $660,000 in grant funding. The project was awarded.
$500,000 from the Arkansas Court appropriated $43,000 for a scenic overlook and architectural services adjacent to the Wolf House. Federal funding worth $92,800 also is committed to the overlook project. fwallisbaxterbulletin.com Historic Preservation Program and $160,000 from Arkansas Transportation Enhancement Program. Restoration of the Wolf House was completed in 2004. Earlier this year, the Baxter County Quorum TSA starts security blog WASHINGTON, D.C.
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