RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Ricky Gray has petitioned to have his death penalty case reviewed by all 15 federal appeals court judges in Richmond.
The "en banc" hearing is the last resort before petitioning the US Supreme Court. The request places on hold Gray's death sentence until the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether or not to give him another opportunity for his case to be heard.
Gray was sentenced to death in connection with the 2006 New Year's Day quadruple murders of the Harvey family in Richmond. Last month his appeal was denied and an execution dates was supposed to be set, however this appeal will suspend that process. The appeal stems from a brief filed in April, in which Gray's lawyers said he should be able to argue that his trial lawyers did not perform to acceptable standards.
The death sentence was specifically for the murders of Stella and Ruby Harvey, daughters of Bryan and Kathryn Harvey, who were also killed with the help of Ray Dandridge. A week later, Percyell Tucker, his wife Mary and their daughter, Ashley Baskerville - who was an accomplice in the Harveys' murder - were also killed.
Dandridge, is serving a life sentence.
In September, Gray's lawyers told a judge their client is "remorseful" for his actions.
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