Update on Cheryl Dunlap's Murderer, Gary Hilton
Reported by: Patty Santos
Last Update: 9:30 am
Cheryl Dunlap's friends and family told Leon County Judge James Hankinson how much her life and death had changed their lives. It was all part of the last hearing before Judge Hankinson makes his final ruling on Gary M. Hilton's punishment for her murder. State Attorney's presented the judge with 25 letters from friends and family, all expressing the value of Dunlap's life to them and the community. Many of those letters also asked the judge to give Hilton the maximum punishment for his crime. Last month a Leon County jury handed Hilton a guilty verdict and uggested he get the death penalty. Hilton brutally killed Cheryl Dunlap in 2007. Hilton is also serving a life sentence in Georgia for the murder of Meredith Emerson. The judge will announce Hilton's sentence on April 21st.
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