In 1979, the tree-trimmer snatched up the 12-year-old girl as she got off the bus in Adairsville, raped her in the woods and smashed her head in with a rock.
State and national media covered Devier’s case as it wove through the judicial system, including the Journal and the Constitution. (As we all remember, it wasn’t until 2001 that the newspapers merged into The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.)
We have dug through our archives and republished the following stories and pictures about the case, one of which is from 20 years after the murder. First on the list is a first-person piece recently written by a veteran AJC reporter who covered the case.
• AJC reporter reflects on Devier murder case, Stoner family's kindness
• Archive: Devier sees mom on Mother's Day — the eve of his execution
• Archive: Days before execution, the Stoners remember their quiet poet
• Archive: Parole board, court nix Devier's last-minute appeals for life
• Archive: Darrell Devier is executed for murdering, raping preteen girl
• Archive: With Devier dead, Stoner's uncle says 'we can begin healing'
• Archive: Family talks 20 years after Darrell Devier killed Mary Stoner
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Darrell Gene Devier was a convicted rapist and murderer executed in 1995. His story was featured on the Netflix show "Mindhunter." The show follows FBI agents as they interview serial killers to better understand future criminals. Devier murdered Mary Frances Stoner, a 12-year-old in Bartow County, in 1979. Her body was found with signs of rape, choking and the head crushed. Devier matched the FBI's suspect profile almost exactly. He confessed and was convicted of rape and murder.