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Lawyer for Harvey family's killer makes final attempt to get off death row

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A convicted killer is hoping arguments made on Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit will get him off death row.  Federal judges are now reviewing the case of Ricky Javon Gray.

He  was convicted in the New Year's Day 2006 murders of the Harvey family.

The lawyers made their arguments in front of a three judge panel. Gray's lawyer said he tried to make two main points that he hoped would get his client off death row.

New families with young children continue to call this Woodland Heights neighborhood home.  Helen Meador has lived here for 60 years.  And for the past several years she's followed the case of Gray, the man convicted of murdering her neighbors the Harveys.  She still remembers one frightening detail.

"I saw the van going up the street with those damn murderers in it," she said.

She didn't realize who they were until police discovered the bodies of Bryan, Kathryn and their daughters Stella and Ruby in the basement of their home.  They had been beaten and stabbed.

Now, she has strong words for the murderers.

"We have fed that son of a gun all these years and he should have been shot the day he did it!"

On Wednesday, Gray's lawyer said the state court ignored gray's account of what happened the day the Harveys were murdered.  Gray got the death penalty for the young girls' murders, but his lawyer argues many of those details were based on information from his accomplice Ray Dandridge.  Gray says his side should have been heard in a hearing, but that never happened.

Still, he says he was on drugs during the murder and doesn't remember much.

Gray also claims his lawyers, past and present, have not been sufficient when it came to representing him.

All of it is one last attempt to stop his execution.

Gray should know what the judge's decision is within the next two to three months.  The case could still have a chance in the U.S. Supreme Court.  If, that doesn't happen, Gray will be executed.

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