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Execution date to soon be set for Harvey family killer Ricky Gray

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 17:28:17-05

RICHMOND, Va. — There were two messages released Friday concerning the execution date for Ricky Gray. The Richmond Circuit Court has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, January 19 at noon to set an execution date, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office advised Friday afternoon.

That  announcement comes after the man convicted of killing the Harvey family and responsible for killing the Baskerville-Tucker family, both of South Richmond, was denied his final appeal of right from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

The Fourth Circuit also granted a motion from  Gray to recall and stay its “mandate” which had been issued and ended its jurisdiction over the case.

The Attorney General’s Office is working to  determine whether that will affect the scheduled hearing on Tuesday.

The date remains tentative, though courts are closed Friday and Monday.

Gray could still appeal his conviction to the United States Supreme Court.

“He has to file a Writ for Certiorari in order to request that they [the U.S. Supreme Court]hear the case. Most of those are denied,” CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone. “If they denied the Motion to Recall and Stay the Mandate, then the state could execute him before he files his writ of cert to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Gray received the death sentence for killing the Harvey family inside their Woodland Heights home on New Year’s Day 2006. His accomplice, Ray Dandridge, was sentenced to life in prison.