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UPDATED: McAuliffe declines clemency for Ricky Gray; his lawyers file emergency request to U.S. Supreme Court
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UPDATED: McAuliffe declines clemency for Ricky Gray; his lawyers file emergency request to U.S. Supreme Court

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today declined to grant clemency for Ricky Gray, who will die by injection Wednesday night at the Greensville Correctional Center for the capital murders of two young sisters 11 years ago unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in.

“I have decided not to intervene in this case. Mr. Gray was convicted in a fair and impartial trial, and a jury sentenced him to death in accordance with Virginia law. Federal and state appellate courts have extensively reviewed his case and denied his requested relief. Unless a court intervenes, the Department of Corrections will carry out the execution in accordance with the order of the sentencing court," said McAuliffe in a prepared statement.

The governor said, “It is the Governor’s responsibility to ensure that the laws of the Commonwealth are properly carried out unless circumstances merit a stay or commutation of the sentence. After extensive review and deliberation, I have found no such circumstances. I will continue to pray for all of the individuals and families affected by these tragic and horrible crimes.”

Gray's lawyers filed an emergency request for stay of execution with the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday afternoon.

Gray and his nephew and accomplice Ray Dandridge, shook the city of Richmond in January 2006, murdering seven people in six days and setting off a police manhunt that ended with Gray's capture in a Philadelphia basement on Jan. 7.

The execution is set for 9 p.m. at the prison located in Jarratt, just off Interstate 95, and would be the first in Virginia since October 2015 when serial killer Alfredo Prieto was put to death by injection.

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