Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Virginia governor declines clemency for condemned killer

Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia declined to grant clemency for Ricky Gray, who will die by injection tonight at the Greensville Correctional Center for the capital murders of two young sisters 11 years ago unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, reported the Richmond Times Dispatch.
“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.
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