This April 1988 picture shows Ronald A. Gray in handcuffs and chains, escorted by military police leaving a Fort Bragg, N.C. courtroom.
A U.S. District Court judge in Kansas has issued a stay in the scheduled execution of an Army soldier convicted of murders and rapes in the 1980s.
Judge Richard Rogers issued the order Nov. 26 in the case of
Ronald A. Gray, who was scheduled to die Dec. 10 at a federal
prison complex in Indiana.
Attorneys for the Justice Department filed documents Tuesday
asking Rogers to reconsider his stay order.
Gray, 43, is held at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort
Leavenworth. He was convicted in connection with a spree of four
murders and eight rapes in the Fayetteville, N.C., area between
April 1986 and January 1987 while he was stationed at Fort Bragg.
It would have been the first military execution in the United
States since 1961.