Ronald Gray, US Army, Sentenced to Death by Military Courts for the Rape & Murder of Army Private Laura Vickery-Clay & Civilian Kimberly Ruggles (1986)


Ronald Gray, US Army

Ronald Gray, US Army, was sentenced to death in 1988 by a military court for the rape and premeditated murders of Army Private Laura Lee Vickery-Clay in December 1986 and civilian Kimberly Ann Ruggles in January 1987. He was also convicted of raping Army Private Mary Ann Lang Nameth and leaving her for dead in January 1987. Ronald Gray’s scheduled execution is one of two scheduled in the military since 1961. Army Private John Bennett was the last soldier to be executed by the US military. Bennett was convicted of rape and the attempted murder of an 11 year old Austrian girl. He was hanged in 1961 at Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas. Ronald Gray joined Timothy Hennis, another Fort Bragg soldier convicted of rape and the murders of Air Force spouse Kathryn Eastburn and two of her three daughters in 1985. In 2008, President George Bush granted the final approval necessary for the military to execute Ronald Gray. After Gray’s execution was delayed for eight years, media reports indicated in December 2016 that the Armed Forces courts will no longer grant stays of execution and the federal government made an announcement that they plan to move forward with the lethal injection execution of Ronald Gray. Gray is one of six service members on death row at Fort Leavenworth. He joins Timothy Hennis, Dwight LovingAndrew Witt, Hasan Akbar, and Nidal Hasan.

Learn more: Nidal Hasan, and the 5 other men on the military’s death row

Related Links:
Murder, Rape Trial Scheduled
A military court sentenced a 22-year-old Fort Bragg soldier…
Soldier Gets Death Sentence for Raping, Killing 2 Women
United States v. Ronald Gray, US Army (1999)
Civilians, Service-Members, and the Death Penalty: The Failure of Article 25A to Require Twelve- Member Panels in Capital Trials for Non-Military Crimes
Two killers closer to first military executions since 1961
Bush OKs execution of Army private for murders
Bush Oks Execution for Army Death Row Inmate
Bush approves first execution by U.S. military since 1961
Bush approves execution of U.S. Army private
Bush approves execution of Willie Horton, uh, Pvt. Ronald Gray
Bush approves soldier’s execution
George W. Bush makes history with his affirmation of Ronald A. Gray’s death sentence
Did you Know President Approves Execution order for Army Pvt Ronald A. Gray
When Do Soldiers Face Execution?
Investigator recalls catching serial killer soldier
First military execution since ’61 planned
Scheduled Execution of Pvt. Ronald A. Gray Stayed
First Military Execution in 50 Years Delayed
1961: John A. Bennett, the last American military execution (so far)
Fort Hood Shooter Could Join 5 Others on Death Row
Death penalty rare, executions rarer in military
Three Trials for Murder
Study: Racial disparities taint military’s use of death penalty
United States v. Ronald Gray, US Army (2012)
Capital punishment rare for killers in U.S. military
Military death penalty cases face many hurdles
Field of Dishonor: Famous American Court-Martials
Military death row: More than 50 years and no executions
Ronald Adrin Gray: Military Death Sentences – Once Appeals Are Exhausted, They Aren’t Exhausted
Even with death sentence, Fort Hood shooter would face long wait for martyrdom
Hearing set for former Fort Bragg soldier convicted of rapes and murders; Ronald A. Gray is on military death row
Winter Garden man worries he’ll be dead before Army executes daughter’s killer
Ronald Gray: Judge denies appeal for ex-Bragg soldier on death row
27 years later, father faces daughter’s murderer
Setting the Right Example: Removing the Military Death Penalty
Convicted killer Ronald Gray, a former Fort Bragg soldier, files new appeal

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s