RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – More than 11 years after the brutal murders of a well-known Richmond family, some hope the execution of the man convicted of the killings will close a painful chapter of this community’s history.
Ricky Gray is scheduled to be put to death on Jan. 18 for the murders of 9-year-old Stella Harvey and 4-year-old sister, Ruby. The girls and their parents, Bryan and Kathryn Harvey, were found in the basement of their burning home, bound, beaten and stabbed, with their throats cut.
Gray also confessed to participating in the killing of Ashley Baskerville, her mother and stepfather less than a week later, but was never tried in that case.
Steve Tarrant, who lived across the street from the Harveys, said he believes Gray’s execution will bring the community some closure.