Trial set for 67-year-old serial strangling suspect

PONTIAC (AP) -- A 67-year-old serial strangling suspect was ordered Monday to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in the 1968 killing of a Pontiac woman.

Nolan R. George of Hamilton, Ohio, is accused of killing Gwendolyn Perry, 36. A judge ruled Monday that his decades-old confession can be used in his trial in Oakland County Circuit Court.

Authorities say George strangled them with their underwear.

Assistant prosecutor John Skrzynski said George's method of killing showed he planned it and that his motive was sexual gratification.

George had reportedly bragged about the killings while in prison, saying he had killed five to eight women, Skrzynski said.

"He enjoyed strangling these women; he liked to see them kick and jerk and move their arms around," he said

Defense lawyer Michael McCarthy said George's statement that he passed out and regained consciousness to find himself strangling Perry shows the killing was not premeditated.

George was freed in 1982 after 12 years in prison for killing Frances Brown, 22, of Lake Orion. He also served time in Ohio for strangling a woman and is suspected in other attacks.

Published: Wed, Nov 17, 2010