- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2006

RICHMOND — A man linked to a New Year’s week killing spree pleaded not guilty yesterday to five counts of capital murder.

Ricky Jovan Gray, 29, is charged with the New Year’s Day killings of local musician Bryan Harvey, 49; his wife, Kathryn, 39; and their daughters Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4.

The Harveys were discovered in the basement of their burning home, bound in duct tape, beaten and their throats cut.

Jurors in Gray’s trial were being selected yesterday from a pool of 25.

Questioned in panels of three, the prospects were asked whether they would impose life in prison over the death penalty and whether seeing “gory” or “graphic” evidence would prejudice their decision.

Less than one week after the Harvey slayings, another Richmond family was found dead in their home.

Gray’s nephew, Ray Joseph Dandridge, also 29, was charged with capital murder in the Jan. 6 killings of Percyell Tucker, 55; his wife, Mary Baskerville-Tucker, 47; and her daughter, Ashley Baskerville, 21.

Like the Harveys, they were found in their home — bound and their throats cut.

Dandridge is scheduled to go on trial Sept. 18.

The Arlington men were captured Jan. 7 at the home of Dandridge’s father in Philadelphia. Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty for both.

Police initially said nothing appeared to have been stolen from the Harvey home, but they later said robbery may have been the motive. The Baskerville-Tucker home was ransacked.

Gray is charged with five violations of the capital murder statute: killing more than one person in a three-year period, killing more than one person as part of the same act, killing someone in commission of a robbery or attempted robbery, and two counts of killing a child younger than 14 by someone at least 21 years old.

The ex-convicts also are considered suspects in a string of bloody crimes that began in November.

They have been charged in the slashing assault and robbery of an Arlington man on New Year’s Eve and are suspects in the Nov. 5 killing of Gray’s 35-year-old wife, Treva Terrell Gray, who was found asphyxiated near woods in Washington, Pa., about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh.

The pair also has been charged in Chesterfield County with a Jan. 3 home-invasion robbery.

Mr. Harvey was a guitarist and singer for the critically acclaimed duo House of Freaks, which released five albums on three labels from 1987 to 1995.

Mrs. Harvey was the half sister of actor Steven Culp, who played Rex Van De Kamp on “Desperate Housewives.” She co-owned World of Mirth, a quirky toy and novelty store in Richmond.

Prosecutors said yesterday that witnesses at the trial may include Mr. Culp.

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