First US Military Execution in 47 Years on Hold

A federal judge has stayed what would be the nation’s first military execution since 1961, saying the U.S. soldier — who was convicted of rape and murder two decades ago — should have more time to pursue a federal appeal.

Pvt. Ronald Gray has been held on Fort Leavenworth’s death row since 1988.

Pvt. Ronald Gray has been on the military’s death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, since 1988. A court-martial panel sitting at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, unanimously convicted him of committing two murders and other crimes in the Fayetteville, North Carolina, area and sentenced him to death.

Last month, the Army said Gray was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection December 10 at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.

But in an order issued November 26, U.S. District Judge Richard Rogers of Kansas said that a stay is necessary so Gray can pursue his federal appeal. Rogers ruled on a motion filed by Gray’s attorneys, who asked for time to challenge the legality of his convictions and sentence.

Government attorneys have asked Rogers to reconsider his decision, saying that Gray seeks a stay “apparently based on the premise that at some point he will identify a new legal issue or discover new evidence” upon which to appeal and that Gray “continues to delay unnecessarily.”

via CNN: Judge stays first U.S. military execution in 47 years

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