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Meet The First Man The Military Is Going To Execute In More Than 50 Years


It’s been more than 50 years since a soldier has been executed by the military, but that could all be changing very soon since a death row inmate is likely to become the first soldier executed in 5 decades.
A judge has denied murderer and rapist Ronald Gray’s bid for a stay of execution a little more than 30 years after his first victims were found in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Gray, who has been convicted of murdering and raping numerous women, had been relying on a previously issued stay of execution which is no longer in effect. He is currently the longest-serving inmate on death row at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
Ronald Gray stands trial for murder in 1987. (Source: The Fayetteville Observer)
Daily Caller reported:
Judge J. Thomas Marten denied Gray’s request for an extension originally granted in 2008 by the U.S. District Court in Kansas, in effect bringing to the forefront the strong possibility of the U.S. military’s first execution since 1961.
In 1988, Gray was sentenced to death in a military court for two murders and three rapes that he committed while serving as an Army cook stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Separately, he pleaded guilty to two more murders and five rapes in civilian courts. Twenty years later, in 2008, former President George W. Bush approved the death penalty for him, but the matter has been tied up in court ever since.
Gray is one of only six former service members currently on death row at Fort Leavenworth, including former Army Maj. Nidal Hassan, a radical Islamic extremist, who murdered 13 people and injured 42 others at Fort Hood in 2009.
An execution date for Gray has yet to be set, but it is possible that one could be scheduled for the future within the next 30 days. The execution would take place at the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, where terrorist Timothy McVeigh was executed for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City. The method would be lethal injection.
Tammy Cofer Wilson was one of Ronald Gray’s victims. (Source: The Fayetteville Observer)
Honey Rosalie Schlehuber, the younger sister of Tammy Cofer Wilson, one of Gray’s victims, told The Fayetteville Observer, “This is life-changing news. He ruined our family’s lives. We’ve been through so much. He needs to go and meet his maker. He needs to pay for what he’s done.”
Wilson was found nude, raped, and murdered in a wooded area near a mobile home park on December 12, 1986. The execution of Ronald Gray promises to bring much-needed closure to her family, as well as the families of his many other victims.

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