Appeals Continue to Delay Death Row Inmate's Execution

Appeals continue to delay death row inmate's execution

Convicted murder and rapist Ronald Gray has once again filed an appeal in federal court for his 1988 conviction.

Gray was convicted for a series of brutal rapes and murders that he committed in Fayetteville, North Carolina while stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina more than twenty-five years ago. Over a two-year period Gray raped ten women, killing four of them.

Gray is the only current military death row inmate whose execution has been approved by the President. In military proceedings, the President must provide a final approval before an execution may be carried out. George W. Bush approved Gray’s death sentence in 2008.

Gray’s execution was originally set to be carried out on December 10, 2008, but a long series of appeals have continued to delay the action. Once again, Gray is appealing a decision in the U.S. District Court in Kansas, this time to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Last year, J. Thomas Marten, a District Court judge in Kansas—the state in which Gray is currently being held at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth—rejected Gray’s claims that errors were made during his court-martial. In December of last year, on the heals of his initial ruling ruling, J. Marten denied Gray’s motion to have his judgment amended or altered.

In his opinion, J. Marten said that Gray’s lawyers failed to provide evidence that errors were made, stating: "Mere disagreement with the court's opinion is not sufficient grounds for reconsideration.”

Should Gray’s appeal be denied and he eventually be executed, it would mark the first execution for the U.S. military in 54 years.

Categories: Court of Appeals, Rape
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