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Former Fort Bragg soldier, serial killer and rapist set for execution in North Carolina

December 27, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Fort Bragg soldier, serial killer and rapist set for execution in North Carolina

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A former Fort Bragg soldier, who murdered four women and raped several more, is headed for death eight years after he was first scheduled to be executed.

Ronald Gray, who is being held at a military prison in Kansas, lost the fight to keep in place a federal court order blocking his execution that was issued back in 2008.

Gray was found guilty in 1988, and his death penalty will be the first for the U.S. military since 1961.

The Army chef was sentenced to death in military court for two killings and three rapes while he was stationed in North Carolina.

Additionally, he pleaded guilty in civilian court to two more murders and five separate rapes and received a total of five life sentences.

His victims included cab driver Campbell University student Linda Jean Coats, Kimberly Ann Ruggles, Army Private Laura Lee Vickery-Clay, and a soldier’s wife Tammy Wilson, according to The Fayetteville Observer.

Ronald Gray (pictured), a former Fort Bragg soldier who killed four women and raped several others is headed for execution eight years after he was first scheduled to die

The case was stuck in appeals courts for twenty years, and the Department of Justice launched an investigation before President George W. Bush authorized an execution order in 2008.

Only the U.S. president can sign a death sentence in the military courts, and Gray is currently the only military prisoner whose execution has been granted.

However, Gray appealed and was awarded a stay of execution. His lawyers tried to keep the court order in place, arguing that military courts didn’t have the ability to prosecute him.

Judge J. Thomas Marten contended that there was no evidence of error or injustice and government attorneys said there was no basis to extend the stay of execution if Gray is not facing more court proceedings.

Last week, the judge ruled that the court order issued in 2008 was no longer in effect.

Government attorneys confirmed that Gray could request another stay of execution and “pursue any remedies available in that court.” It is not clear whether he will do so.

The execution of the Fort Bragg soldier has not yet been scheduled.

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