Virginia death row inmate asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear case

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A man sentenced to death in the slaying of a Richmond family is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Ricky Javon Gray's lawyers said in a petition filed with the court this month that Virginia courts failed to provide Gray with a "meaningful opportunity" to challenge the constitutionality of his death sentence.

Gray was convicted in the 2006 slayings of Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their daughters, nine-year-old Stella and four-year-old Ruby.

Gray was scheduled to be executed March 16 but the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals put it on hold, pending review by the high court.

Attorney General Mark Herring's office has said there's no reasonable probability that the Supreme Court will agree to hear the case.

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