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Carl Isaacs papers

Carl Isaacs papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Carl Isaacs papers
Creator: Isaacs, Carl, 1953-
Inclusive Dates: 1973-2002
Language(s): English
Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet 2 boxes and oversize folder
Collection Number: ms3187
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Carl Isaacs, Jr., his half brother Wayne Carl Coleman and George Elder Dungee were convicted and sentenced to die in 1974 by a Seminole County jury for the murders of farm patriarch Ned Alday, Ned's brother Aubrey, his sons Jerry, Chester and Jimmy Alday, and Jerry's wife, Mary. They were killed on May 14, 1973, in a bungled burglary. The suspects, who were escapees from a Maryland prison camp, were arrested in West Virginia less than a week later. He was executed by lethal injection on May 6, 2003.

Donald E. Wilkes, Jr. (1944-2019) was a professor at the University of Georgia School of Law. Professor Wilkes was a nationally recognized authority in the fields of criminal procedure, capital punishment, and postconviction remedies, as well as one of the leading authorities in the world on the writ of habeas corpus.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, court documents, and clippings related to Dr. Wilkes' appellate work for Carl Isaacs and George Dungee in the Alday family murder case. The correspondence is primarily between Carl Isaacs, Donald E. Wilkes, Jr., and Christopher Hamilton. Court documents include petitions, habeas corpus applications, subpoenas, and motions. Press materials document the proceedings from the pretrial period until after conviction. A poster about the Alday family murders from a special series in the Atlanta Journal and two t-shirts with pro-electric chair messages are also included.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Carl Isaacs papers, ms3187, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Alday family
Appellate procedure -- Georgia.
Capital punishment -- Georgia.
Coleman, Wayne
Court records -- Georgia.
Death row inmates -- Georgia -- Correspondence.
Dungee, George Elder
Isaacs, Carl, 1953- -- Correspondence
Lawyers -- Georgia -- Correspondence.
Lethal injection (Execution) -- Georgia.
Seminole County (Ga.) -- History.
Wilkes, Donald E. -- Correspondence

Related Collections in this Repository

Related materials in this repository: Wayne Felker-Jan Burden papers, ms3186; ms3193 Tracy Lee Housel papers, ms3193; Terry Mincey papers, ms3106; Byron Ashley Parker papers, ms3189; Carole Butcher papers, ms3266.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Defense correspondence , 1977-1985
12Defense correspondence, 1986-1987
13Defense correspondence and clippings, 1988-2002
14Correspondence with courts, 1979-1982
15Alday Murder Case: classroom discussion materials
16Court documents regarding appeal, 1979-1980
17Court documents regarding appeal, 1979-1980
18Subpoenas, 1979-1980
19Payment of discovery costs, 1980
110Habeas corpus applications, 1979
111Order on motion for inspection of the minutes of the grand jury
112Motion for a bill of particulars and a copy of the indictment prior to trial
113Carl Isaacs vs. State petition for writ of certiorari in forma pauperis
114Motion for hearing, memorandum of law, and motion for a new presentence hearing, 1977 January 7
115Motion to compel disclosure of all evidence favorable to the defendent, 1973
116State vs. Carl Isaacs (Crim.) other pleadings, 1973-1975
117George Dungee, 1976-1977
118Pretrial press, 1973
119Press, 1973-1980
120Post-conviction press, 1980
121Jack House and Tim McCorquodale case, 1979-1981
122Wayne Coleman petition for habeas corpus
123Incomplete sections from other cases
124Notes and research
2T-shirts with images of electric chair, "Busbee -- Fry Issacs" and " In Waiting" , 1975
1APoster, "Alday Family Murders, Special Series"