Harvey family murderer’s case to be heard by federal appeals court Tuesday

File photo of Ricky Gray.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in the case of a Virginia death row inmate convicted in the bludgeoning and stabbing deaths of a Richmond couple and their two daughters.

Lawyers for Ricky Jovan Gray claim his trial attorneys improperly failed to present evidence that Gray was intoxicated at the time of the murders. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear arguments Tuesday.

Gray was convicted in the New Year’s Day 2006 slayings of Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their daughters, 9-year-old Stella and 4-year-old Ruby. The Harveys were preparing to host friends for a holiday chili dinner when Gray and Ray Dandridge tied them up in their basement, where they were stabbed and beaten to death.

Gray was also convicted in the deaths of Percyell Tucker, his wife Mary and their daughter, Ashley Baskerville, who was an accomplice in the Harvey family murder.

Gray was sentenced to death while Dandridge was sentenced to life in prison.

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