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December 29, 2016

Federal military execution seemingly on track for mass rapist/murderer

This CNN article, headlined "US military could carry out first execution in over 50 years," reports on some notable developments in a notable federal capital setting. Here are the interesting details:

A former US Army soldier who has been on death row since 1988 for raping and murdering several women could now face execution after a judge denied his bid for another stay of execution. Judge J. Thomas Marten of the US District Court for the District of Kansas wrote last week that a previously granted stay of execution to Ronald Gray was "no longer in effect," denying his request to further block the military from carrying out the death sentence.

If Gray is put to death, it will be the first military execution since 1961, when John Bennett was hanged at Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas after he was convicted of raping and attempting to kill an 11-year-old Austrian girl. The current military method of execution is lethal injection.

Gray is one of six former servicemen currently on the military's death row at Fort Leavenworth. The most recent addition to that group is former Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was convicted of 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder after his 2009 shooting rampage in Fort Hood, Texas.

Gray was convicted and condemned to death in military court in 1988 for two murders and three rapes in the Fayetteville, North Carolina, area while stationed at Fort Bragg and serving as a cook. He pleaded guilty in civilian courts to two other killings and five rapes....

Gray came close to being put to death in 2008, when then-President George W. Bush signed a warrant authorizing his execution. But a federal court gave Gray a last-minute temporary stay.

In 1983, a military appeals court found the death penalty to be unconstitutional because of problems with the armed forces' sentencing guidelines, but President Ronald Reagan soon after reinstated capital punishment in the military. The President has the power to commute a death sentence and no service member can be executed unless the President confirms the death penalty.

While no execution date has yet been set, Army regulations state that a could be set sometime in the next 30 days. Gray's lawyer could not be reached for comment.

December 29, 2016 at 02:54 PM | Permalink

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Disgusting that a case like this takes more than 25 years.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Dec 29, 2016 9:57:18 PM

Doug:

Do you see the obvious question mark?

Gray's fed court last "minute" stay has lasted from 2008 to, at least, 2017. What happened when appeals were final enough in 2008, bu the serial rapist murderer is still alive in 2017, at least . . . on death row since 1988 - nearly 30 years.

Posted by: Dudley Sharp | Dec 30, 2016 8:11:38 AM

The legal costs explain the duration of this case.

The lethal injection method is effeminate, and degrading to a member of the military. He should be shot by a firing squad. The injection is unconstitutionally humiliating, and a disgrace.

Posted by: David Behar | Dec 31, 2016 5:26:03 AM

I would have thought the military would be quicker.

Posted by: visitor | Dec 31, 2016 11:11:31 AM

While serial killer Ronald Gray has been going on with his life for 30 years my beautiful daughter does not have that chance to live and have children.She was only 18 when Ronald Gray took her life. My baby faced a hard life while growing up. She was in the hospital fighting for her life when she was only 1 month old. She had to wear diapers until she was 13 years old then thanks to a wonderful doctor made it where she did not suffer any longer being made fun of wearing them she was so happy. She got married at 17. She was only married about 4 months when Ronald Gray took her life.Never had the chance to live a good life.Never took drugs,or drank, or even cursed. Then this animal that says he is a born again Christian is laughable. The mother of one of his victims Tammy Cofer Wilson.

Posted by: Pat Cofer | Mar 25, 2017 7:57:34 AM

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