Ricky Gray, Virginia

 

Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:10 pm EST

Ricky Gray has been executed by the state of Virginia. He was pronounced dead at 9:42 pm EST. For more information, please click here.

Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:18 pm EST

The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to stay the execution of Ricky Javon Gray. Ricky and his lawyers were arguing that the drugs to be used in the execution could cause prolonged pain and suffering. The Supreme Court rejected the appeal.

Updated: Monday, January 16, 2017 2:18 pm EST

Ricky Javon Gray is scheduled to be executed at 9 pm EST, on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Greenville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia. Thirty-nine-year-old Ricky is convicted of the murder of 49-year-old Brian Harvey, his wife 39-year-old Kathryn, and their children, 9-year-old Stella and 4-year-old Ruby on January 1, 2006, in Richmond, Virginia. Ricky has spent the last nine years on Virginia’s death row.

Ricky was abused and neglected by his parents during his childhood. He was repeatedly sexually abused by an older brother from a young age and he began using drugs at a young age. He had previously served over 10 years in prison for armed robbery, and had just been released in October of 2005.

 

On January 1, 2006, Ricky Gray and his nephew Ray Dandridge and Ray’s girlfriend Ashley Baskerville, broke into the home of Brian and Kathryn Harvey in order to rob them. When they discovered that Brian and Kathryn were home, along with their daughter Ruby, they were taken to the basement and tied up. Stella was also taken to the basement and bound when she returned home from a friend’s house. They were discovered with their throats slit and blunt force trauma to the head. Their home had been set on fire following the robbery. Stella was still alive when the fire was started and smoke inhalation contributed to her death.

 

Gray, Dandridge, and Baskerville were also suspected in a robbery in Chesterfield County, Virginia on January 3, 2006. On January 6, 2006, police received a tip regarding the involvement of Baskerville in the murder of the Harvey family. When police arrived at the Baskerville home in Chesterfield, Virginia, they discovered that 21-year-old Ashely, her 46-year-old mother Mary Baskerville-Tucker, and her 55-year-old stepfather, Percyell Tucker had all been gagged, bound with tape, and killed by suffocation. The house had also been ransacked.

 

Gray and Dandridge were arrested on January 7, 2006, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Dandridge’s father lived. Dandridge quickly confessed to the murder of his girlfriend and her parents. Gray eventually gave a detailed confession regarding the murder of the Harvey family. He also confessed to participating in the murder of Ashley and her parents. According to his confession, all three had been in on the robbery of Ashley’s parents, with Ashley also acting as a victim, however Gray said that, “things went wrong” and that he got tired of her, so he “decided to kill her and take her parents’ car.” Gray also confessed to the 2005 murder of his wife Treva Gray in Washington, Pennsylvania.

 

Gray was tried and convicted in Virginia, where he was sentenced to death in 2006. Dandridge was tried in Pennsylvania and received a life sentence.

 

Ricky Gray was scheduled to be executed in March of 2016, however his execution was halted by the Supreme Court of the United States while they decided if they wished to consider his appeal. Additionally, Virginia lacked the necessary drugs to carry out the execution. Legislatures have since passed a law that allows execution drugs to be purchased from compounding pharmacies, whose identities are kept secret by state law. The Supreme Court has also decided against hearing Ricky’s case.

 

Ricky's lawyers are attempting to halt his execution, arguing that the drugs could cause unnecessary pain and suffering, which is a violation of his 8th Amendment rights. Two of the three drugs to be used in the execution will be made by an unidentified compounding pharmacy, as opposed to pharmaceutical manufacture. To back up their claim, Ricky's lawyers point to executions in other states which not gone according to plan. The state refutes that argument by pointing to numerous executions in other states that have not had any problems. Inmates in Virginia have the option of choosing between lethal injection and the electric chair. If the inmate refuses to choose, lethal injection is default option.

 

A federal judge has refused to stay the upcoming execution of Ricky Gray. Ricky was seeking a stay of execution, arguing that the drugs purchased by the state from an unnamed compounding pharmacy could lead to his suffering during the execution. The judge did not agree with Ricky's arguments. Ricky can appeal the decision to the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Brian, Kathryn, Stella, Ruby, Percyell, Mary, and Ashley. Please pray that if Rick is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray for that Ricky may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

 

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