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The federal government plans to execute a former solider after a judge lifted a stay of execution last week that stood for eight years, the Fayetteville Observer reports.

A Jury convicted Ronald Gray in 1988 of two murders and three rapes while stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The former Army cook also pleaded guilty to two other murders and five rapes in civilian courts. He’s on death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

During the legal battle, the Observer said Gray’s defense team has centered its appeal on the argument that the military court lacks jurisdiction to prosecute him. However, U.S. District Court Judge J. Thomas Marten, who has presided over the case since 2014, has consistently ruled that the defense has failed to prove that a legal error occurred.

President George W. Bush signed a warrant in 2008 that authorized Gray’s execution, which is required for military executions, according to CNN. If the military goes forward with its plans, Gray’s execution would be the first since 1961, when the military hanged John A. Bennett for rape and attempted murder.

The Death Penalty Information Center, a District of Columbia-based group, reports that six men are currently on the military’s death row. Three of them are African-American.


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8 thoughts on “Ex-Black Soldier To Be First Military Execution In 50 Years

  1. angietangie on said:

    Hey mac ben shut the fuck up!!! what’s the matter your white redneck hoe of a mama didn’t send your dumb ass to school? Or were you just born a redneck hick backwoods dirty white crazy boy? You dumb ass a lot of African Americans goes to HBCUs, my daughter was one of them and she turned out just fine. Maybe your ass should go to one. I guarantee you would not last a day talking the bullshit you talk behind that computer…Racist ass hoe

    • Why would anybody decide upon an HBCU? They are by inclusion in the group, exclusionary, and self-isolating. In every single case- public/private, Northern/Southern/Eastern- substandard, non-competitive and stilting. One has self-imposed a stigma suggesting that they are an affirmative action case. Saddest of all is that interviewing “graduates” of HBCU’s is numbing- poor grammar, stereotypical mannerisms, attire and posture.
      Our HR department used to solicit HBCUs to help our diversity numbers- it was infuriating. I would contact the larger state universities and find the better acaemic BLACK athletes. That was excellent- Men or Women, competitive in the general population, used to winning and competing. Great employees!

    • Just saying on said:

      @Angie, there are numerous articles on this site that MacBen has responded to, and it appears that he is a self-hating black man, just as (Larry Lawrence, Jiggy, the scholar) all aliases, appear to be.

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