Ricky Gray Execution: Serial Killer Who Butchered Family Of Four Put To Death Via Lethal Injection In Virginia

Ricky Gray and accomplice Ray Joseph Dandridge killed at least seven people including Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their girls Stella, nine, and Ruby, aged just four.

A serial killer has been executed in Virginia 11 years after he butchered a family of four.

Ricky Gray was found guilty of murdering Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their girls Stella, nine, and Ruby, aged just four, in 2006.

Gray and his nephew Ray Joseph Dandridge had been looking for a house to rob and picked the Harvey home because they noticed a door open.

Firefighters found the bodies of the family in the basement of their Richmond home after it was set ablaze.

They been bound with electrical tape, beaten with a hammer, and stabbed.

Gray was executed via lethal injection at 9.42pm on Wednesday night at the Greensville Correctional Center.

Correctional officers stand at the entrance to the Greensville Correctional Center
The execution was carried out at the Greensville Correctional Center in Virginia (Photo: Getty Images)

When asked if he had any final words he replied “Nope” or “No, sir”. according to the local Virginian-Pilot newspaper which sent a reporter as a witness.

It took around 12 minutes for Gray to die, the paper reports.

He was 39 and had been on death row for more than a decade.

Gray and Dandridge are believed to have killed Gray’s wife Treva although they’ve never faced charges for the crime in 2005.

While on the run for the Harvey killings, the pair were staying with Dandridge’s girlfriend Ashley Baskerville when they carried out another horrific massacre.

Gurney at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia
Gray took around 12 mintues to be executed via lethal injection, witnesses said (Photo: Getty Images)

Baskerville, 21, who had acted as lookout during the Harvey invasion, agreed to join the pair in robbing her own mother Mary Baskerville-Tucker and stepfather Percy Tucker.

She pretended to be a victim and was tied up along with her parents, but then Gray said “things just went wrong”.

All three were found dead having been gagged, stabbed and the house ransacked.

Gray pleaded not guilty to five murders but was convicted on all counts and sentenced to death in relation to the murders of Stella and Ruby Harvey.

Dandridge confessed to his role in the Baskerville-Tucker killings in a plea deal in exchange for life in prison without parole.

The murder spree sent shockwaves through Virginia in 2006.

Bryan Harvey was a musician in the indie band House of Freaks which enjoyed success in the early 90s.

His wife Kathryn was the sister of Desperate Housewives actor Steven Culp.

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