- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The American Bar Association is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a Virginia death row inmate’s appeal.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/28W3znp ) that the group says it filed a brief urging the high court to hear Ricky Gray’s case because the state court didn’t hold an evidentiary hearing before dismissing allegations that his death sentence was imposed in violation of his constitutional rights.

Gray was sentenced to death in the 2006 stabbing and bludgeoning deaths of 49-year-old Bryan Harvey, 39-year-old Kathryn Harvey and their daughters, 9-year-old Stella and 4-year-old Ruby. Bryan Harvey was a well-known Richmond musician, and his wife was co-owner of a toy store.

Gray’s attorneys have already asked the Supreme Court to hear the case. The state’s response is due by July 22.

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