Alabama prison officials have announced that convicted serial killer Gerald Patrick Lewis has died while awaiting execution on death row, according to a news release from the Douglas County District Attorney’s office.
Lewis was convicted in Georgia and Alabama for killing several women, one of whom was killed in Douglas County. He died July 25.
In 2004, a Douglas County jury sentenced Lewis to death for murder of Peggy Lynn Grimes, who was 8 months pregnant at the time of her death, according to the release. The victim was reported missing by her mother after not hearing from her for several days. Grimes’ body was discovered five years later in a wooded area off of Vulcan Drive in Lithia Springs.
Lewis pleaded guilty to the murder of Grimes in November 2001; however, because District Attorney David McDade was seeking the death penalty, the sentencing phase had to be presented to a Douglas County jury.
“Gerald Patrick Lewis was a violent man who took the lives of many innocent women, McDade said. “I hope that the news of his death will finally bring closure to the family members of all of his victims.”