Judge Sets Execution Date for Man Convicted of Killing Virginia Family

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Richmond circuit judge has set a March 16 execution date for a man convicted of murdering a family of four.

Ricky Javon Gray was convicted in the New Year's Day 2006 stabbing and bludgeoning deaths of 49-year-old Bryan Harvey, 39-year-old Kathryn Harvey and their daughters, 9-year-old Stella and 4-year-old Ruby. Bryan Harvey was a well-known Richmond musician, and his wife was co-owner of a toy store.

Gray was sentenced to death for the girls' deaths. An accomplice, Ray Dandridge, was sentenced to life in prison.

A federal appeals court rejected Gray's appeal late last year. Last week, the appeals court put its decision on hold while Gray asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case.

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